Midwives of Mississauga: MoM

Midwives of Mississauga: MoM MoM: a midwifery practice serving Mississauga for more than thirty years offering home and hospital birth with privileges at Trillium Health Partners.
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Midwives respect pregnancy as a state of health and childbirth as a normal process. Midwives promote decision-making as a shared responsibility and encourage women to actively participate in all aspects of their care. Midwives focus on the appropriate use of technology and preventing complications. Midwives respect and support women so that they may give birth safely, with power and dignity. Regis

Midwives respect pregnancy as a state of health and childbirth as a normal process. Midwives promote decision-making as a shared responsibility and encourage women to actively participate in all aspects of their care. Midwives focus on the appropriate use of technology and preventing complications. Midwives respect and support women so that they may give birth safely, with power and dignity. Regis

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This year the theme of #BlackBreastfeedingWeek is the Big Pause: Collective Rest for Collective Power.   Because it's be...
08/25/2021

This year the theme of #BlackBreastfeedingWeek is the Big Pause: Collective Rest for Collective Power. Because it's been an exhausting year for all of us. And because sometimes to gather our strength and advocate and support for racial equity in Breast/Chestfeeding, we need a moment of rest ahead of the vital and essential work of providing informed choice, counselling, education and support. You might ask why is #BBW21 needed? https://blackbreastfeedingweek.org/why-we-need-black-breastfeeding-week/

This year the theme of #BlackBreastfeedingWeek is the Big Pause: Collective Rest for Collective Power. Because it's been an exhausting year for all of us. And because sometimes to gather our strength and advocate and support for racial equity in Breast/Chestfeeding, we need a moment of rest ahead of the vital and essential work of providing informed choice, counselling, education and support. You might ask why is #BBW21 needed? https://blackbreastfeedingweek.org/why-we-need-black-breastfeeding-week/

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08/24/2021

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Today we pause and remember that Indigenous and Black peoples were enslave on our lands and that in many other countries...
08/23/2021

Today we pause and remember that Indigenous and Black peoples were enslave on our lands and that in many other countries enslaved people continue to suffer and seek emancipation. For those looking to learn more today... https://en.unesco.org/commemorations/slavetraderemembranceday

Today we pause and remember that Indigenous and Black peoples were enslave on our lands and that in many other countries enslaved people continue to suffer and seek emancipation. For those looking to learn more today... https://en.unesco.org/commemorations/slavetraderemembranceday

We finally have local Ontario based COVID-19 vaccine data for the pregnant population!   Data from US registries release...
08/20/2021

We finally have local Ontario based COVID-19 vaccine data for the pregnant population! Data from US registries released by the CDC were equally reassuring that outcomes were good and that there were no complications. But nice to see it verified as the same in Ontario data. https://www.bornontario.ca/en/whats-happening/resources/Documents/BORN-COVID-19-Vaccination-During-Pregnancy-in-Ontario-Report-2---FINAL.pdf #COVIDvaccine #BORNOntario #pregnancy #data

We finally have local Ontario based COVID-19 vaccine data for the pregnant population! Data from US registries released by the CDC were equally reassuring that outcomes were good and that there were no complications. But nice to see it verified as the same in Ontario data. https://www.bornontario.ca/en/whats-happening/resources/Documents/BORN-COVID-19-Vaccination-During-Pregnancy-in-Ontario-Report-2---FINAL.pdf #COVIDvaccine #BORNOntario #pregnancy #data

Call for submissions☀️☀️☀️Hey everyone! As we are preparing to submit part of our book to publishers, we need your help!...
08/19/2021

Call for submissions☀️☀️☀️

Hey everyone! As we are preparing to submit part of our book to publishers, we need your help!

We are looking for personal stories/essays ranging between 2-6 paragraphs about two subjects:
1. What inspired you to become a parent as a q***r person or a solo parent? Why did you want to have a child?
2. What was your experience of early pregnancy as a q***r person or solo parent? What surprised you? and/or What was your experience of miscarriage as a q***r person/solo parent? What surprised you and how did you process/heal?

Please send submissions to [email protected] with the subject line: Submissions.

BIPOC voices especially welcome.

Thanks yall!

#lgbtq #lgbt #q***r #q***rfamily #iui #iuisuccess #transpregnancy #soloparents #singlemomsbychoice

Photo Cred: @epliphotography
Wife Cred: @parteramidwifery

Call for submissions☀️☀️☀️

Hey everyone! As we are preparing to submit part of our book to publishers, we need your help!

We are looking for personal stories/essays ranging between 2-6 paragraphs about two subjects:
1. What inspired you to become a parent as a q***r person or a solo parent? Why did you want to have a child?
2. What was your experience of early pregnancy as a q***r person or solo parent? What surprised you? and/or What was your experience of miscarriage as a q***r person/solo parent? What surprised you and how did you process/heal?

Please send submissions to [email protected] with the subject line: Submissions.

BIPOC voices especially welcome.

Thanks yall!

#lgbtq #lgbt #q***r #q***rfamily #iui #iuisuccess #transpregnancy #soloparents #singlemomsbychoice

Photo Cred: @epliphotography
Wife Cred: @parteramidwifery

08/17/2021
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08/16/2021

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Please, if you personally know anyone in the federal government who can impact this effort, or if you have media contact...
08/16/2021

Please, if you personally know anyone in the federal government who can impact this effort, or if you have media contacts who may be interested in covering this story, get in touch with Bridget Lynch as soon as possible by emailing [email protected], or call 416-358-7033, or contact Juana Bernstein at the AOM at [email protected].

Full news release: https://www.newswire.ca/news-releases/ontario-midwives-call-for-reunification-of-afghan-families-with-midwife-refugees-currently-in-canada-854754658.html

Three former leaders of the Afghan Midwives Association have been political refugees in Toronto since late 2019 because they received death threats from the Taliban due to their reproductive health and midwifery work. They have been going through the process to reunite with their families in Canada. All papers have been received by the Canadian Embassy in Kabul where their families were awaiting visas.

We must get these families on the last flights out through the Canadian government’s last-minute effort to get Afghans who assisted military efforts and their families out. These midwives' families must not be left behind. They have been in hiding from the Taliban and are in very grave danger simply because their wives or mothers worked as midwives. These midwives worked to improve reproductive health and save women’s lives, but their work is seen as criminal in the eyes of the Taliban.

Midwives in Ontario and across Canada and our supporters are urged to act today to help get these families on the last Canadian planes out of the country. Time is of the essence.

Please contact Marco Mendicino, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship to ask that these families be included in the Canadian airlift out of Afghanistan.
The Honourable Marco E. L. Mendicino
E-mail: [email protected] Telephone: 613-954-1064

Please, if you personally know anyone in the federal government who can impact this effort, or if you have media contacts who may be interested in covering this story, get in touch with Bridget Lynch as soon as possible by emailing [email protected], or call 416-358-7033, or contact Juana Bernstein at the AOM at [email protected].

Full news release: https://www.newswire.ca/news-releases/ontario-midwives-call-for-reunification-of-afghan-families-with-midwife-refugees-currently-in-canada-854754658.html

Three former leaders of the Afghan Midwives Association have been political refugees in Toronto since late 2019 because they received death threats from the Taliban due to their reproductive health and midwifery work. They have been going through the process to reunite with their families in Canada. All papers have been received by the Canadian Embassy in Kabul where their families were awaiting visas.

We must get these families on the last flights out through the Canadian government’s last-minute effort to get Afghans who assisted military efforts and their families out. These midwives' families must not be left behind. They have been in hiding from the Taliban and are in very grave danger simply because their wives or mothers worked as midwives. These midwives worked to improve reproductive health and save women’s lives, but their work is seen as criminal in the eyes of the Taliban.

Midwives in Ontario and across Canada and our supporters are urged to act today to help get these families on the last Canadian planes out of the country. Time is of the essence.

Please contact Marco Mendicino, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship to ask that these families be included in the Canadian airlift out of Afghanistan.
The Honourable Marco E. L. Mendicino
E-mail: [email protected] Telephone: 613-954-1064

We had to share Filza and sweet sleepy baby Hassan at their six-week "graduation" appointment with Team 3 ❤
08/14/2021

We had to share Filza and sweet sleepy baby Hassan at their six-week "graduation" appointment with Team 3 ❤

We had to share Filza and sweet sleepy baby Hassan at their six-week "graduation" appointment with Team 3 ❤

Congrats to Kelly and Shane, who welcomed baby Finley yesterday evening at Mississauga Hospital with midwives Georgina a...
08/14/2021

Congrats to Kelly and Shane, who welcomed baby Finley yesterday evening at Mississauga Hospital with midwives Georgina and Karolina. Great work team! 🙌🏼#midwivesofmississauga

Congrats to Kelly and Shane, who welcomed baby Finley yesterday evening at Mississauga Hospital with midwives Georgina and Karolina. Great work team! 🙌🏼#midwivesofmississauga

We are in love with the birthday party this family has planned for their new arrival! ❤ 🎊🎉
08/04/2021

We are in love with the birthday party this family has planned for their new arrival! ❤ 🎊🎉

We are in love with the birthday party this family has planned for their new arrival! ❤ 🎊🎉

August 1-7 is #WorldBreastfeedingWeek  As midwives we ALWAYS support informed choice and parents who can’t or don’t want...
08/01/2021

August 1-7 is #WorldBreastfeedingWeek As midwives we ALWAYS support informed choice and parents who can’t or don’t want to breastfeed. But for the majority of clients who opt to breastfeed (96%) the evidence indicates consistency, support and continuity of care all make a difference. And that’s why we are proud to include those elements in our care. 73% of #MoM clients leave care at six weeks exclusively breastfeeding and and additional 22% breastfeed in combination with supplementation. #midwivesofmississauga #midwives #mississauga #WBW2021

August 1-7 is #WorldBreastfeedingWeek As midwives we ALWAYS support informed choice and parents who can’t or don’t want to breastfeed. But for the majority of clients who opt to breastfeed (96%) the evidence indicates consistency, support and continuity of care all make a difference. And that’s why we are proud to include those elements in our care. 73% of #MoM clients leave care at six weeks exclusively breastfeeding and and additional 22% breastfeed in combination with supplementation. #midwivesofmississauga #midwives #mississauga #WBW2021

Canadians are not always aware that Indigenous and Black peoples were enslaved on our lands.   Today marks Emancipation ...
08/01/2021

Canadians are not always aware that Indigenous and Black peoples were enslaved on our lands. Today marks Emancipation Day across Canada. We encourage everyone to pause and reflect on the ongoing fight against racism in Canada. Follow the link to learn more about our shared history and what you can do to contribute. #EmancipationDayCanada https://www.canada.ca/en/canadian-heritage/campaigns/emancipation-day.html

Canadians are not always aware that Indigenous and Black peoples were enslaved on our lands. Today marks Emancipation Day across Canada. We encourage everyone to pause and reflect on the ongoing fight against racism in Canada. Follow the link to learn more about our shared history and what you can do to contribute. #EmancipationDayCanada https://www.canada.ca/en/canadian-heritage/campaigns/emancipation-day.html

Have you ever wondered about what fibroids are and how they might affect pregnancy? Uterine fibroids are non-cancerous g...
07/31/2021

Have you ever wondered about what fibroids are and how they might affect pregnancy?

Uterine fibroids are non-cancerous growths of the smooth muscle layer of the uterus. They grow in various locations within the uterus and can vary in number, shape, size, and location. Fibroids are very common and occur in 70-80% of women by the age of 50. Many women have fibroids without having any symptoms. You may find out that you have fibroids during one of your pregnancy ultrasounds.

Risk factors for developing fibroids include: age, getting your period early (before age 12), women who have never had a baby, obesity, increased frequency of me**es, family history of fibroids, and individuals of African/Black descent.

Symptoms that you may experience if you have fibroids include: heavy/irregular/long periods, pelvic pain/pressure, pain with s*x, low iron or hemoglobin levels, increased urinary frequency (need to p*e), constipation, and fertility issues.

Not all fibroids cause infertility, however they can if in a submucosal (the space where the baby grows) location. In some studies, submucosal fibroids have shown to negatively impact fertility (getting pregnancy and staying pregnant). In patients with submucosal fibroids and no other cause for infertility, these fibroids can be removed surgically.

There are limited studies on how fibroids change in size throughout pregnancy. There is some evidence that if they grow, it tends to happen in the first trimester and then may shrink postpartum. Possible pregnancy complications from fibroids include: pain, early miscarriage, small babies (requiring more frequent ultrasounds), preterm labour, separation of the placenta from the uterus before birth, babies not being head down at the end of the pregnancy.

If you have previously had fibroid removal surgery (myomectomy), you may need a C-section for delivery. Depending on the size and location of the fibroids, your baby may not be head down at the end of pregnancy. Lastly, fibroids in the lower part of the uterus or cervix may block the ability to have a vaginal delivery. Talk to your healthcare provider to see if your fibroids may impact your mode of delivery.
Reposted from @pandemicpregnancyguide

BORN Ontario is looking for community members to review the collection of race-based data & other social determinants of...
07/31/2021

BORN Ontario is looking for community members to review the collection of race-based data & other social determinants of health data in the BORN Information System & provide guidance on appropriate collection, use, storage & governance. Apply by Aug 18th!

https://www.bornontario.ca/en/news/health-equity-advisory-group-call-for-participation.aspx

BORN Ontario is looking for community members to review the collection of race-based data & other social determinants of health data in the BORN Information System & provide guidance on appropriate collection, use, storage & governance. Apply by Aug 18th!

https://www.bornontario.ca/en/news/health-equity-advisory-group-call-for-participation.aspx

Great reminders! They are always watching...👀
07/30/2021

Great reminders! They are always watching...👀

Great reminders! They are always watching...👀

Recently updated! The AOM's client handout: Deciding how to give birth after a caesarean section. This helpful resource ...
07/28/2021

Recently updated! The AOM's client handout: Deciding how to give birth after a caesarean section.

This helpful resource is intended to support robust informed choice discussions with your midwife regarding birth choices after one or more previous C-sections.

Available in 7 languages on the AOM website: www.ontariomidwives.ca/client-handouts
Reposted from @ontariomidwives

Recently updated! The AOM's client handout: Deciding how to give birth after a caesarean section.

This helpful resource is intended to support robust informed choice discussions with your midwife regarding birth choices after one or more previous C-sections.

Available in 7 languages on the AOM website: www.ontariomidwives.ca/client-handouts
Reposted from @ontariomidwives

Eid mubarak to all our families, friends, colleagues and community members celebrating the start of Eid-al-Adha today!
07/19/2021

Eid mubarak to all our families, friends, colleagues and community members celebrating the start of Eid-al-Adha today!

Eid mubarak to all our families, friends, colleagues and community members celebrating the start of Eid-al-Adha today!

From Maggie:A beautiful surprise retirement was bestowed upon me (unfortunately some of my friends and colleagues couldn...
07/15/2021

From Maggie:

A beautiful surprise retirement was bestowed upon me (unfortunately some of my friends and colleagues couldn’t be there. The life of an on call midwife 😉) The Kudoboard was played for me and I was choked and yes shed a fair few tears at the beautiful messages of good wishes, thanks and affection. It was overwhelming. I’ve had a long exciting, beautiful career, sometimes challenging but never boring.
The people I have met along the way (some are very close friends) clients, nurses, doctors, former MCPHH and all MOM midwives and MOM amazing support staff and many more disciplines that I have crossed paths with. I’m so lucky to have had you in my life. 🍾🥂🥰

From Maggie:

A beautiful surprise retirement was bestowed upon me (unfortunately some of my friends and colleagues couldn’t be there. The life of an on call midwife 😉) The Kudoboard was played for me and I was choked and yes shed a fair few tears at the beautiful messages of good wishes, thanks and affection. It was overwhelming. I’ve had a long exciting, beautiful career, sometimes challenging but never boring.
The people I have met along the way (some are very close friends) clients, nurses, doctors, former MCPHH and all MOM midwives and MOM amazing support staff and many more disciplines that I have crossed paths with. I’m so lucky to have had you in my life. 🍾🥂🥰

Today's the big day! Please check your email, and update your contacts.  💗
07/14/2021

Today's the big day! Please check your email, and update your contacts. 💗

Today's the big day! Please check your email, and update your contacts. 💗

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Midwives of Mississauga (MoM) officially launches as an independent midwifery practice serving Mississauga, portions of West Etobicoke and South East Milton on June 1, 2018!!!

MoM grew from a group of four midwives who served the community to the West and North of Toronto starting in the 1980’s, to a group of almost thirty midwives who served Mississauga, Brampton and Halton Hills in 2018. In 2016, we recognized that we would much more effectively provide customized midwifery care to the families of Mississauga and surrounding areas, if we separated into a smaller practice focusing solely on the community that we were serving. MoM will continue to provide midwifery services from the Southcom Building at 2227 South Millway. The clinic is located in a bright sunny accessible first floor unit behind South Common Mall and is located centrally close to a Mississauga Transit Bus Terminal and the South Common Community Centre and Library. Midwives at MoM will continue to provide choice of home and hospital birth with hospital births taking place at either the Credit Valley or Mississauga Hospital sites of Trillium Health Partners. In our new role as a midwifery practice group focused on serving the families of our community we are much better positioned to integrate into initiatives within our Local Health Integration Network (Mississauga Halton LHIN) and our hospital (Trillium Health Partners). We look forward to strengthening and further developing partnerships within our community! We respect pregnancy as a state of health and childbirth as a normal process. We promote decision-making as a shared responsibility and encourage clients to actively participate in all aspects of their care. We focus on the appropriate use of technology and preventing complications. We respect and support clients so that they may give birth safely, with power and dignity. Registered Midwives are primary care providers, providing comprehensive care for women throughout normal pregnancy, labour and birth and for both pregnant clients and their babies for 6 weeks following the birth. Midwifery care is fully funded by the Ministry of Health. Give birth at a hospital or at home and receive safe, skilled care from your midwife.

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