The Hamilton Midwives

The Hamilton Midwives Midwives are health care providers who specialize in caring for healthy women during pregnancy, labour, birth and postpartum.
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Providing comprehensive prenatal, labour, birth and postpartum care to families in Hamilton since 1994.

Ontario Midwives
02/26/2020

Ontario Midwives

The courts have spoken!

The Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario has ordered the Ford government to take concrete actions to close the gender pay gap for midwives. Now it's time for action from our government! #Midwives4PayEquity #Equity4Midwives @fordnation @celliottability

02/25/2020
02/25/2020
Ford government must implement Tribunal's order to end gender pay gap for Ontario midwives

MPPs France Gélinas and Peggy Satler released this joint statement on February 24, 2020 in support of Ontario’s midwives! Check out the video clip to see them asking some tough questions!

“The Ontario NDP stands with the Association of Ontario Midwives in calling for the Doug Ford government to comply immediately with the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario order to end the gender pay gap experienced by midwives.

The former Liberal government created the discriminatory compensation practices Ontario midwives have long experienced, and wasted public dollars waging a seven-year legal battle against midwives. The Liberals praised midwives for the high-quality care they provide, while simultaneously refusing to pay them a fair wage on par with medical professionals who provide care for pregnancy and birth in less female-dominated fields.

The Ford Conservatives have done nothing to end the compensation discrimination against Ontario midwives, and must take concrete action now to implement the Tribunal’s orders.”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NPfK5WMo6qw#action=share

For years, the Liberals made a show about closing the gender wage gap, while at the same time battling with midwives in court so they could avoid paying them...

02/25/2020
Ontario Midwives

Ontario Midwives

WATCH NOW: Elizabeth Brandeis, Toronto midwife and president of the Association of Ontario Midwives, talks about this morning's announcement that The Ontario Human Rights Tribunal has ordered the Ford government to close the gender pay gap for midwives.

02/25/2020
Ontario Midwives

Ontario Midwives

WATCH NOW: Today's the day! ICYMI Elizabeth Brandeis shares a little more about this milestone win for pay equity for midwives.

Ontario Midwives
02/25/2020

Ontario Midwives

The pay gap is a reflection of the under valuing of women's work compared to men in the same or comparable sectors. It's time for that to end.

Ontario midwives have won a long-fought battle with the provincial government about our lack of pay equity. Press confer...
02/24/2020

Ontario midwives have won a long-fought battle with the provincial government about our lack of pay equity. Press conference at 9:30am today. Check it out!

The Ontario Human Rights Tribunal has ordered the government to close the gender pay gap for Ontario midwives once and for all. The courts have spoken. It's time to stop systemic discrimination!

Press Conference: Queen's Park Monday, Feb. 23 at 9:30am.

Read more: http://ow.ly/u6BE50ytOvE

Photo by: Heather Bays Photography

02/14/2020
Paying Midwives Fairly is a Symbol

Paying Midwives Fairly is a Symbol

One amazing woman shares the truth about pay equity. "My name is Elizabeth Brandeis. I’m the president of the Association of Ontario Midwives and I’ve been a...

02/10/2020

Are you pregnant? Do you like the idea of knowing your birthing team? How about visits at home instead of going out to a doctor’s office with your baby? The Hamilton Midwives has August and September spaces available!

02/03/2020
CBC News

Here’s a short video about Coronavirus.
1. Wash your hands.
2. Don’t touch your face.
3. Symptoms are like a cold or flu and include shortness of breath.
4. If you think you’ve been exposed, call ahead to your care provider (midwife, doctor, hospital) to get further instructions.

Thanks to Hamilton Family Doulas for sharing.

Information about the coronavirus outbreak is spreading fast, but what do we actually know about the illness? CBC News medical contributor and family physician Dr. Peter Lin breaks down the facts about what it is, where it came from, how it spreads and what you can do to protect yourself.

Novel Coronavirus update:Overall risk is very lowWe are monitoring the situation closelyAs always in flu season, contact...
01/31/2020

Novel Coronavirus update:
Overall risk is very low
We are monitoring the situation closely
As always in flu season, contact your midwife if you have a new cough and fever

FLU SEASON FAST FACTS:* Health Canada recommends all pregnant people get a flu shot* Wash your hands frequently * Cough ...
01/31/2020

FLU SEASON FAST FACTS:
* Health Canada recommends all pregnant people get a flu shot
* Wash your hands frequently
* Cough into your elbow and avoiding touching your face
* Please page your midwife and avoid clinic visits if you have a new cough and a fever of 38.0 or higher

Ontario’s midwives deserve pay equity
01/25/2020
Ontario’s midwives deserve pay equity

Ontario’s midwives deserve pay equity

The World Health Organization has declared 2020 the “year of the nurse and the midwife.” However, when it comes to midwives’ compensation in Ontario, there’s little to celebrate.

Farrahn
01/24/2020

Farrahn

Out of the cold "Dinner Meal Schedule "

Labor and Delivery Adventures
01/21/2020

Labor and Delivery Adventures


Closed knee pushing is all the rage right now! Many L&D nurses are starting to embrace this concept and are seeing amazing results. ⁣

Traditionally pushing is done with knees wide either sitting, squatting, kneeling, or on the back. This is a good way to open the pelvic inlet, or top pelvic opening. However, sometimes babies get hung up getting through the pelvic outlet, or the bottom pelvic opening. This is where closed knee pushing comes in! ⁣

When a Momma puts her feet out in a wide set stance, points her toes at each other, and drops her knees inward this causes an internal rotation of the femurs. The rotating femurs opens the narrowest part of the pelvic outlet and allows baby to come down past the pubic bone to delivery. Closed knee pushing is most effective for babies that are pretty low (+1 station or more) but not making more progress.⁣

The image above shows closed knee pushing in a reclined position but it can be done in SO MANY other positions! I’ll be sharing some of my favorites in future posts. ⁣

I’ve used this technique a few times with awesome results! Have you tried this as either a nurse or the laboring Momma??⁣

#ClosedKneePushing #Pelvis #Pushing #Magic #NaturalBirth #VaginalBirth #CSection #LaborAndDeliveryAdventures #LaborAndDelivery #FirstTimeMom #OBNurse #LandDNurse #FutureMidwife #BabyCatcher #LaborAndDeliveryNursing #LaborAndDeliveryNurse #Nursing #RN #RNBSN #RegisteredNurse #Nurse #birth #delivery #GoalGetter #BumpLife #pregnant #pregnancy #labor #SpecialDelivery #ICanDoHardThings

Check it out!!!
01/13/2020

Check it out!!!

Hi Hamilton! Starting in FEBRUARY, Birth Mark Hamilton will be hosting a feeding cafe on Thursdays from 12-1 PM.

This is an informal place to share space with other families on their parenting journey. Our Naturopathic Doctor will be there for you to chat and answer any questions you have about feeding littles. Dr. Sarah is a lactation consultant, bottle feeding expert, and able to offer support on your unique feeding path.

Drop in style, hope to see you there!

Happy holidays from our THM family to you and yours! We hope your holidays are merry and bright.
12/25/2019

Happy holidays from our THM family to you and yours! We hope your holidays are merry and bright.

Hey THM friends! Check out our dignity drive. You can drop off toiletries, socks, menstrual products etc at our clinic f...
12/07/2019

Hey THM friends! Check out our dignity drive. You can drop off toiletries, socks, menstrual products etc at our clinic from now until the new year.

We can’t forget.
12/06/2019

We can’t forget.

30 years ago, 14 women were killed in the massacre at École Polytechnique in Montreal simply for being women. On this National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women we honour the lives of Geneviève Bergeron, Hélène Colgan, Nathalie Croteau, Barbara Daigneault, Anne-Marie Edward, Maud Haviernick, Maryse Laganière, Maryse Leclair, Anne-Marie Lemay, Sonia Pelletier, Michèle Richard, Annie St-Arneault, Annie Turcotte, and Barbara Klucznik-Widajewicz, and all women, girls, transgender, and non-binary people who have experienced gender-based violence. We commit to advocating for a world where everyone can live in safety and dignity, without fear of discrimination or violence.

Doulas improve outcomes! They are an amazing part of the birth team. If you haven’t considered hiring a doula, check out...
12/05/2019

Doulas improve outcomes! They are an amazing part of the birth team. If you haven’t considered hiring a doula, check out the various doulas here in Hamilton!

Beware of people telling you what to do when you didn't ask for their input. Most of them mean well, but they aren't listening to your real needs and desires.

Go and have the kind of birth you really want - even if that birth is the sort of thing a lot of others think is unhealthy. There is no one best choice. There is no one ideal choice.

We promise you, just as many people will think you're crazy to go without medication as will tell you you're crazy for choosing medication. Your whole birth and parenting journey will be like that.

The best thing you can do is honour what you want most, set yourself up with a team who can best help that to happen and lean on the people in your life who will support you with enthusiasm no matter which way you go.

And that's pretty much what the soul of a doula is: the doula is the person you can lean on and confess your most precious dreams to, who won't give you side-eye for your choices and who will cheerlead you every step of the way, folding you up in love, compassion and wise counsel.

You do you! Ignore the noise.

CityKidz
12/02/2019

CityKidz

Calling all #BlackFriday shoppers! As you're scoping out the best deals today, #SmallBusinessSaturday & #CyberMonday, we hope you'll keep our precious CityKidz children in your hearts! We're in urgent need of gifts to make Christmas wishes come true for our 10 to 12-year-olds!

#GiftofChristmas #ToyDrive #CityKidz

Healthy Families Hamilton
12/02/2019

Healthy Families Hamilton

📣Please help us spread the word!📣 For many years the Hospital for Sick Kids provided information about medications and other exposures during pregnancy and breastfeeding through a service called Motherisk. We want you to know that the helpline and website services previously operating as Motherisk were discontinued in April 2019. Any website currently using the Motherisk name is not associated with the Hospital for Sick Kids.

For reliable, evidence-based information about exposures in pregnancy and breastfeeding go to www.mothertobaby.org and speak to your healthcare provider. ~Nicole Settle, RN

11/30/2019

Office phones are back up and will be answered Monday morning as usual. Thanks for your patience.

11/28/2019

Clinic phone and fax back up and running!
Apologies for any inconvenience.

11/28/2019

We are having technical difficulties.
Clinic phone not working but PAGER and fax service is running as usual.
Update will be posted ASAP.

Want to contribute to Hamilton research looking at how food availability and nutrition play a role in pregnancy? Everyon...
11/23/2019

Want to contribute to Hamilton research looking at how food availability and nutrition play a role in pregnancy? Everyone that participates will get a $25 Visa gift card and bus tickets or parking reimbursement.

Mother Matters
11/20/2019

Mother Matters

11/18/2019

THM CLIENTS:
PregVit Update!
Some of our free samples are affected. If you got a pack of pills all the same colour, please contact the office.

11/16/2019

Health Canada Advisory about
PregVit and PregVit 5.
See comments for
more important info!

Who can relate? 🤣
11/16/2019

Who can relate? 🤣

Who relates?

The cold weather seems like it’s here to stay.....just a reminder that’s it’s recommended to not use car seat liners and...
11/15/2019

The cold weather seems like it’s here to stay.....just a reminder that’s it’s recommended to not use car seat liners and instead put baby directly in the seat and harness and put cozy blankets and car seat covers on top to keep baby warm.

For more information about car seat safety, check out Healthy Families Hamilton.

11/12/2019

The office is open for regular business hours today. Wrap up, everyone!

Hey everyone! We are cancelling appointments as of 3PM today so everyone can get home/stay home as the weather continues...
11/11/2019

Hey everyone! We are cancelling appointments as of 3PM today so everyone can get home/stay home as the weather continues.

We honour our service people both past and present for their sacrifice and dedication to keeping Canadians free and safe...
11/11/2019

We honour our service people both past and present for their sacrifice and dedication to keeping Canadians free and safe.

11/11/2019

We are monitoring weather conditions and will post here if we need to temporarily close the office for client and worker safety. You can expect a phone call to rebook if we have to cancel your clinic appointment. Stay safe out there!

Hey friends, this is a great way to share in the holiday fun!
11/07/2019

Hey friends, this is a great way to share in the holiday fun!

If interested in volunteering contact KC[email protected]!

Happy Halloween from our St. Joe’s Special Care Nursery family!
10/31/2019

Happy Halloween from our St. Joe’s Special Care Nursery family!

Today, we celebrated Halloween in our Special Care Nursery with princesses, leopards and even batman made his debut.

Featured is mom, Madeleine and princess, Emerie. Emerie was born 12 weeks early and doesn't quite fit in to her crown yet, but she will in no time and is doing so well. 👑

Thank you to photographer, Christina Macaluso, and all the Special Care Nursery staff who helped to make this day special for these tiny beings and their families.

Wishing everyone a safe and happy Halloween! 🎃

Pro tip. Zipper sleepers. Keep the bottoms/snaps for the cute daytime outfits.
10/24/2019

Pro tip. Zipper sleepers. Keep the bottoms/snaps for the cute daytime outfits.

That just about sums it up. 👍

(Via Twitter @bessbell)

10/22/2019

THM clients: paging is back up and running. Please page as usual to the paging service.

Today is pregnancy and infant loss awareness day.  We honour the many among us that have experienced the loss of a child...
10/15/2019

Today is pregnancy and infant loss awareness day. We honour the many among us that have experienced the loss of a child or had a miscarriage.

those who have lost a child, suffered a miscarriage or long to be a mama ♥

Hypnobirthing Hamilton
10/07/2019
Hypnobirthing Hamilton

Hypnobirthing Hamilton

If you've taken classes with me in the past year, you've heard me mention that the great little spiralbound publication "Learning to Breastfeed Your Baby", which was provided through caregivers for years in our area, has been phased out but can be downloaded from an online link. I learned today that some care providers aren't aware of the publication nor the link. It's now been added to my site, and here it is if you want to download it now :)

https://www.breastfeedinghelphamilton.ca/FCK_UPLOADS/Learning%20To%20Breastfeed%20Your%20Baby%20-%20Updated%20November%202014.pdf

To all THM clients, please note this upcoming change at St. Joe’s!
10/04/2019

To all THM clients, please note this upcoming change at St. Joe’s!

Effective October 9th, 2019, the Emergency Entrance will be the only entrance at the Charlton Campus open after 9pm. All other entrances will either be locked at 6pm or 9pm.

This change is part of our hospital’s commitment to creating a safe environment for everyone who works, visits and is cared for at St. Joe's.

Mountain Midwifery Care
09/26/2019

Mountain Midwifery Care

Are you currently using ranitidine (Zantac) for heartburn? Talk to your midwife about alternatives while Health Canada investigates impurities known as NDMA detected in some ranitidine drugs.

09/24/2019

Hello friends! Are there any clients in the second half of their pregnancy willing to help with some student learning with abdominal palpitation and history taking? McMaster is looking for volunteers. Let us know if you can help.

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189 Hughson St South
Hamilton, ON
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Monday 08:30 - 17:00
Tuesday 08:30 - 17:00
Wednesday 08:30 - 17:00
Thursday 08:30 - 17:00
Friday 08:30 - 16:00

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905-527-8919

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