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Keeping Care Close to Home with the MNCYN


An integrated family-centred system of care, focused on participation, partnerships and accountability this was the vision that gave birth to the Maternal, Newborn, Child and Youth Network (MNCYN) in 2009. This comprehensive network evolved from the Southwestern Ontario Perinatal Outreach Program as it partnered for decades with regional hospitals to provide professional education and consultative support. Today, this close collaboration among public health, acute care and community care organizations is resulting into a more responsive system of maternal and child care in Southwestern Ontario. Working together to keep care close to home for families, our purpose is to enable the consistent delivery of safe, quality maternal, newborn, child and youth care across our region. Our Network is seen as adding significant value through its ability to provide:

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Improved Health
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Better Operational
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Seamless Systems
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Enhanced Learning
& Growth

Connected and Informed

MNCYN’s medical leadership and consultants sit on governing bodies at regional, provincial and national levels. Participation in diverse and influential health care organizations provides a depth of experience and perspective to better inform our network.

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Our Network is Your Community

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What’s New

“Unspoken” March of Dimes Public Service Announcement

“If we come together we can work to improve maternal health and protect every family through program, research, education and advocacy.”

March of Dimes is announcing a new Public Services Announcement (PSA) aiming to raise greater awareness of the maternal and infant health crisis by highlighting real families who have experienced issues like preterm birth, infertility and maternal and infant loss. The PSA, entitled “Unspoken”, showcases stories from diverse families in an effort to provide strength to others and greater empathy to the issues that affect all of us.

View PSA on YouTube, here.

New collaborative program at London, Ont., hospital helps ease tensions of high-risk pregnancies

When 41-year-old Allison Zietsma of London, Ont., learned she was pregnant with her son Sawyer just a few months after giving birth to her daughter, she was riddled with anxiety because of how difficult her experience was the first time around.

Both of Zietsma’s pregnancies classified as high risk due to medical challenges, including high blood pressure and a risk of hemorrhaging, as she experienced during her first delivery. (Click button below for full article.)

Children’s Healthcare Canada Annual Conference Dec 3-5, 2023

Flip The Switch – High Performing Health Systems for Kids


Children’s Healthcare Canada is thrilled to be hosting this annual conference at the Hyatt Regency in downtown Vancouver.  For those unable to meet in Vancouver, a real-time virtual option will also be available.


The three-day conference convenes the child health community to share and learn from colleagues and thought leaders on issues of the day. In 2023, we will focus on the action we can take as individuals, organizations, and collectively, as a pan-Canadian Association to create high performing health systems to measurably improve children’s health outcomes. Invited speakers will share through a series of keynote, panel, and workshop presentations. We look forward to bringing back our Poster Fair and an awards ceremony to recognize and honour the leadership of children’s health champions.


Program information click here


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CPS National Grand Rounds


Join us every month for a one-hour webinar focused on key paediatric topics and earn 1.0 section 1 credit. Webinar recordings are available exclusively for CPS members. Earn 0.5 section 2 credit per recording.


Bronchiolitis Management In The Era Of High-Flow Nasal Cannula Oxygen, December 5 @ 12:00 pm


Hosted by CPS Hospital Paediatrics Section and presented by Dr. Shawn Ralston


This event is an Accredited Group Learning Activity (Section 1) as defined by the Maintenance of Certification program of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and approved by the Canadian Paediatric Society for a maximum of 1 credit hour.


To register click the link: Webinar Registration – Zoom


To find out more about CPS Monthly Grand Rounds click the button below.


Celebrations and Accomplishments

MNCYN helps facilitate the rollout of the newly developed Heated High-Flow Nasal Cannula (HHFNC) Oxygen Therapy Algorithm through a series of webinars.

The educational webinars were created to review the new HHFNC Oxygen Therapy Algorithm which was developed in collaboration with Ontario Health West (OHW) Paediatric Clinical Quality Initiative Working Group for High-Flow. The webinars are presented by Dr. Andrew Latchman (McMaster Children’s Hospital, HHS) and Ryan Trudeau RRT (Children’s Hospital, LHSC). These free, 30-minute webinars are scheduled for November 14th at 1600h and November 21st at 1200h. To register, please click the button below.

The following resources are available on MNCYN’s website or by clicking the links here.

OHW – Pediatric Advisory Group Clinical Quality Initiatives: High Flow Working Group HHFNCO2-Algorithm, Oct 2023.pdf

Heated-High-Flow-Webinar-Slides, Oct 2023.pdf

Heated High Flow Webinar Video Recording (YouTube)

Paediatric Quick QR Pic Poster

The Paediatric Quick QR Pic poster was created for distribution within the OHW region.  The poster offers “quick” links to reputable, Canadian paediatric websites and resources, which can be accessed by simply scanning the QR Code with your phone.

Click the link below to download the poster.

Paediatric QR Quick Pics

Impact Awards: Community Partner of the Year Award: Dr. Paul and Mrs. Mary Harding

Recruiting some of the best and brightest researchers has been an important focus for local philanthropists

Advancements in research have always been important for the late Dr. Paul Harding, who is known in the medical community as the ‘father’ of neonatal research in Canada. He, and his late wife, Mrs. Mary Harding are now being recognized with a 2022 Lawson Community Partner of the Year Award, nominated by the Children’s Health Foundation.

“My dad lived and breathed research,” shares Tom Harding, Paul’s son. “He wanted to see improvements being made and ensure they were clinically and academically sound.”

Through his continued passion for research, Paul and his wife Mary helped create the Whaley and Harding Research Fellowship, which provides two years of support for an MD or PhD Fellow conducting research that will enhance the health of pregnant mothers, children and infants.




MNCYN is a partnership of public health, acute care and community care organizations focused on providing integrated family-centric health care. Our Network members are increasingly being recognized as leaders among peer organizations in Ontario. We offer organizational, health care professional and student membership levels. Invest in our future – join MNCYN today!

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