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LEARN MORE:

ONTARIO MIDWIFERY 

 
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About

Learn More: Ontario Midwifery (LMOM) presents public information about midwifery care in Ontario. This project is inspired by Black communities, birthing people, children, midwives and midwifery students.


LMOM was created with the aim to:

  • increase public awareness about midwifery care and strengthen Black communities’ understanding of their pregnancy care options,

  • increase respect for midwives, and Black midwives in particular,

  • increase representation of Black midwives, students and birthing people so that our communities can see themselves reflected in birth and caregiving stories,

  • encourage members from Black communities to consider becoming midwives.

 

THE STORY

 
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THE IDEA

Inspired by questions from our community, we sought to create educational videos about Ontario midwifery care to address common myths and misconceptions.

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THE RESEARCH

Over the summer of 2020, we held 30 semi-structured interviews with diverse community members from across Ontario. This created the basis for our video content.

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THE PRODUCTION

Based on our research, we created a series of educational videos available to the public. These videos are in honour of Black communities.

 
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THE TEAM

Welcome! Pleased to meet you.

Learn More: Ontario Midwifery (LMOM) is a project led by Black students in Ryerson's Midwifery Education Program located in Toronto, Ontario. This project is supported by partnering community organizations including the Association of Ontario MidwivesCanadian Association of Midwives, and Ancestral Hands Midwives.

LMOM is funded by the Ryerson Library DME Creators Grant, Ryerson Student Life and Learning Support Student Initiative Fund, and Ryerson's Faculty of Community Services.

 
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SOJOURNER SAN VICENTE (SHE/HER)

Director & Executive Producer

Sojourner is beginning her 4th and final year of the Ryerson Midwifery Education Program. She dedicates her education and practice to the legacies of Black midwives and her love for Black communities across the diaspora. She is passionate about increasing public awareness about midwifery care.

TUMAINI LYARUU
(T/T'S)

Co-Producer

Tumaini is a 3rd year midwifery student at Ryerson University. Tumaini is passionate about serving Black clients in an Afrocentric birth centre, and supporting pregnant people living with HIV. T hopes to work in rural/remote settings, and out of hospital settings in T's home country, Kenya.

HANAN YOUSUF
(SHE/HER)

Co-Producer

Hanan is in her second year of Midwifery Studies at Ryerson University. She is the former administrator of the Midwifery Education Program BIPOC mentorship program and is passionate about supporting students through midwifery education.

 
 
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FADUMA GURE, MSC

Research Mentor

Faduma (she/her) is a researcher and innovator who is passionate about improving maternal, child, and reproductive health. She specializes in access to women's reproductive health services in conflict and post-conflict settings and is passionate about capacity building through rigorous qualitative and quantitative research methods, health education/promotion, networking, and innovation.

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Inquiries about this project? Let us know!


If you are looking for clinical information about midwifery, interested in finding a midwife, or want to know more about becoming a midwife, visit ontariomidwives.ca.

Want to connect with Black midwives? Visit ancestralhands.ca.

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