Fonds 10-011 - Midwifery Task Force of Ontario fonds

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Midwifery Task Force of Ontario fonds

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CA ON0034 10-011

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  • 1980-1993 (Creation)
    Midwifery Task Force of Ontario
  • 1957-2012 (Creation)
    Kellerman, Maureen

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66.5 cm of textual records

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1 photograph ; col. ; 9 x 13 cm

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1 plastic card holder

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In June 1983, a small group of midwives, consumers, health care providers and other supporters of midwifery met to discuss the status of midwifery in Ontario. Historically, Ontario had a tradition of lay midwives who attended the births of family, friends and neighbours. This tradition of community midwifery began to decline around the turn of the century until, by the 1950s, midwifery had all but disappeared in Ontario. In the 1970s, the practice of midwifery began to re-emerge and was influenced by the natural childbirth movement principles that pregnancy and birth are normal, healthy, family events and that pregnant women themselves should be the primary decision makers about the health care they receive.
Subsequently, the Midwifery Task Force of Ontario (MFT-O), a community-based lobby group, was established to promote legislation and recognition of midwifery. Around the same time, the association of practicing midwives (Ontario Association of Midwives) and nurse-midwives association (Ontario Nurse-Midwives Association) joined together to form the Association of Ontario Midwives (AOM). The MTF-O gained support from women and their families seeking an alternative to the medical model of childbirth and maternity care. Over the next several years, the AOM and the MTF-O worked together to advocate the creation of midwifery as a recognized profession. This culminated in Bill 56, the Midwifery Act which was passed on December 31, 1993 making Ontario the first province in Canada to recognize, regulate and fund midwifery as part of the health care system.

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Maureen Elizabeth Kellerman completed a BA in Canadian Studies at Carleton University and devoted her life to supporting young families at the local and national levels. She worked for Canadian Association of Family Resource Centres, and Canadian/Military Family Resource Centres. Educator, activist, and leader, Maureen founded Mothers Are Women (MAW) in 1984, and was a key organizer for the legalization of midwifery in Ontario during the 1990s.

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The records were donated by Maureen Kellerman to University of Ottawa Archives and Special Collections in 2006 and 2010.

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The fonds consists of administrative records for the Midwifery Task Force of Ontario including minutes, member’s lists, newsletters and correspondence. It also contains, legal briefs, lobbying strategies, and testimony in support of midwifery. Newspaper clippings and reports on midwifery and childbirth in Canada and internationally are also included.

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The fonds is arranged according to the following nine series; Administration, Midwifery Groups/Individuals, Midwifery and Homebirth Care, Conferences, Lobbying, Health Professions Legislative Review (HPLR), Task Force on the Implementation of Midwifery, Legal Cases, and Ephemera.

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  • English
  • French

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  • Latin

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The majority of the fonds is open and accessible, however, some files are restricted for a predetermined period of time. Please ask ARCS staff for further information.

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