Ontario Midwives Deserve A Raise

Natural Mommy was there yesterday when hundreds of women, babies and midwives descended on Queens Park in Toronto to rally for pay equity for the wonderful women who help birth our babies. As seen in this article from the Toronto Star [click here], Midwives have seen only two raises since becoming registered in 1994, while most other professions have seen more. Midwives save the medical system money yet “physicians make more than double” (Porter) what midwives do. Pointing this out is not to suggest that physicians should be paid less, but instead that midwives should clearly be paid more for their work and expertise.

On the facebook page which invited women to the event (hosted by Ontario Midwives) women wrote about how much they loved having a midwife because the support and quality of care they received was excellent. Other women wrote about how they were on waiting lists to get a midwife and in the end they were forced to have a hospital birth without the midwife they wanted. All women echoed their support for the event. Midwives not only assist women with a generosity of spirit and respect, they also have vast medical knowledge, training and education and are qualified to practice inside and outside of the hospital. Since 1994 they have been covered under OHIP. Midwives practice under the philosophy that women should be active in choosing the birth they want. It is about choice: be it a midwife assisted birth or not. Unfortunately, not all women can truly make a choice because of access to birthing options. So, in addition to paying our current midwives more and showing them a round of applause – Canada clearly needs more midwives!

15 thoughts on “Ontario Midwives Deserve A Raise

  1. Cindy Sparle says:

    Yes they certainly do! Midwives do so much for us. I frankly don’t know what I would have done without my midwives for both of my births. Thanks for speaking out.

  2. Hannah Bonely says:

    Midwives are such an asset to our medical system. They save us money and protect women from unnecessary interventions. We need them!

  3. Kimberly Klarke says:

    Midwives deserve more than a raise. They deserve respect from our society and from the medical profession. While some doctors are just prescribing drug after drug, midwives are truly helping women and their babies. My midwifery team was so supportive and totally present during my labour and delivery. I really couldn’t thank them enough. I realize that midwives are not for every woman, but every woman should have the choice. Sadly, there are just not enough midwives and many women spend months on a waiting list at a midwifery clinic only to end up without a midwife and an unwanted hospital experience. Bottom line: the birthing woman should have access to what she wants and the ability to choose.

  4. Courtney Mayer says:

    In many countries in Europe, midwives are the first choice in normal, uncomplicated births. The result is less complications, less medical intervention and less cost to the health care systems. When are we in North America going to catch on to the value of midwives? Many women experience unnecessary interventions during birth because doctors have little knowledge about the regular birth process. Women are pathologized instead of individualized. I for one am totally pro-midwives and I agree that they need a raise – and that we need more of them. Great post. I love this site.

  5. Candise says:

    Sadly, it seems that Canada and the US really lack an understanding about what a midwife does or what her role during pregnancy, birth and the post-natal period. It seems that people really need to understand their value before they will get a raise.

  6. Sandra says:

    As a birth attendant, I know first hand the way that midwives and doulas are totally undervalued in today’s economy. I feel that our value is connected to women’s value. Until women and their bodies and their birth-experiences are valued, I am not sure how we will be paid better. Just a though. Thanks for this post and your blog.

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