Please Support Midwives Labour!

Today is the pay equity day to take action – a day to show your support for Ontario’s midwives.

This morning, the Association of Ontario Midwives filed a complaint on behalf of midwives with the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario. Midwives face a gender penalty, also known as a pay equity gap, because they are a female dominated profession, providing care to women, for a woman’s experience of labour and birth. In fact, women in Ontario still face a gender pay gap of 28% (Equal Pay Coalition of Ontario).

Midwives have supported the labour of more than 150 000 women in Ontario – today, it’s our chance to stand up for the labour of midwives.

Please send a short email or tweet to Premier Wynne and let her know you support pay equity for midwives.

Here’s what your e-mail could say:

Email address for the Premier: premier@ontario.ca

Dear Premier Wynne,

My midwives supported me in the labour and birth of my [SON OR DAUGHTER’S NAME] (see picture attached), and now I am supporting pay equity for midwives.

Sincerely,

[NAME]

Don’t forget to attach a photo of your child – it will help personalize your message.

Or/

Dear Premier Wynne,

Midwives are a valuable part of Ontario’s health care system. I support pay equity for midwives.

Sincerely,

[NAME]

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When sending your email, please CC or BCC policy@aom.on.ca.

Twitter:

#ValueMidwives

Please take action by tweeting the following:

@Kathleen_Wynne A midwife supported my labour, now I am supporting hers. I #valuemidwives and support pay equity

@Kathleen_Wynne Pay equity for @Ontariomidwives now because we #valuemidwives

My midwife supported the birth of my son/daughter, now I support @ontariomidwives @kathleen_wynne its time to #valuemidwives

Your support in these efforts is sincerely appreciated.

Infant Massage at MCT

Infant Massage Series – Give your baby the gift of touch!
This five-part series is FREE OF CHARGE and will show parents how to massage their babies for fun, stimulation and communication.
Who: Infants 0-6 months
Dates: Saturdays, Sept 14, 21, 28, Oct 5 and 19
Time: 11am-noon
Location: Midwives Collective of Toronto, 344 Dupont St, Suite 403
Registration is required. Space is limited. If interested, please contact Loreto at wawi88@gmail.com or 416-762-1716
This series will be taught by Loreto Freire. She is a graduate of the Ryerson Midwifery Education Program and has been teaching prenatal classes at the Midwives Collective for over 10 years. She has been undertaking her infant massage training through the International Association of Infant Massage www.iaim.net
Mats and massage oil will be provided. Please bring a waterproof diaper pad with you.

MCT Annual Reunion Picnic

Hey folks,

It’s almost that time of year again, the annual reunion picnic is coming up! It’s an opportunity see your midwives and pre-natal class friends again. The picnic will be held in the picnic area at the southeast corner of Dufferin Grove Park, which is located south of Bloor, East of Dufferin. It will be a potluck so we ask that you bring something small to share. The date is Sunday, September 22nd from 11am until 1pm. If you would like more information or would like to volunteer please email us at midwivescollective@bellnet.ca

We hope to see you all there!

Siblings Classes at MCT

We offer a monthly class for siblings-to-be who are 2+ years of age. This is a one hour class that runs on a Saturday or Sunday. Please register with the front desk staff. Please have your child/children bring a stuffed animal/doll and a receiving blanket. The fee is $10 per child.
Upcoming Classes:
Sunday Nov.18, 2012 – 10:30-11:30 a.m
Sunday January 13, 2013 – 10:30-11:30 a.m

Prenatal Classes at MCT

We offer prenatal classes to all of our clients giving birth for the first time. You will receive a phone call several months prior to your due date with your class dates. The classes are taught by midwives and cover the stages of labour, home & hospital births, birth plans, newborn care, and breastfeeding. The classes cost $150 for you and your labour support person to attend. If this fee is beyond your current means please talk to your midwife about reducing the fee.
Upcoming classes:
Thursday evenings Dec.6-27, 2012 / 7-9 p.m (January due dates)
Thursday evenings Jan.3-24, 2013 / 7-9 p.m (February due dates)
Tuesday evenings Jan.8-29, 2013 / 7-9 p.m (February due dates)

Home Birth Information Night

Do you want to know about giving birth at home?
Presented by experienced midwives and families
Evidence-based information
Birth equipment demonstration
Water birth information
Home Birth Q & A
FREE, SUGGESTED DONATION OF $20 (proceeds to Joshua Fund)

Wednesday November 14, 2012
7:00-8:30pm
Midwives Collective of Toronto