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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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Enhanced Learning
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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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What’s New

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NRP 8th Edition in Canada: Instructor Launch 

MNCYN is pleased to offer this video entitled “NRP 8th Edition in Canada: Instructor Launch” and would like to thank  Lauren Rivard RN, MSc and Dr. Kevin Coughlin, BScH, MD, MHSc, FRCPC of the ON /NU NRP Committee along with  Gwen Peterek, RN, BScN, MNCYN for making this presentation possible.  The video is intended to provide an update for NRP Instructors/ Instructor Trainers regarding the clinical changes in the 8th edition of NRP,  the relevant science underlying the new recommendations, and the administrative /educational revisions that have been made.

“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.

Strategic Partnership Provides VEGA Resources

The VEGA (Violence, Evidence, Guidance, and Action) Project has created evidence-based guidance and education resources to assist healthcare and social service providers (including students and residents) in recognizing and responding safely to family violence (child maltreatment and intimate partner violence). MNCYN is a strategic partner in the VEGA initiative. VEGA is free and publicly available.

Children’s Healthcare Canada 2021 Impact Report: A Message from their President & CEO, Emily Gruenwoldt

There’s no doubt that 2021 marked another difficult year for many Canadians as we navigated prolonged uncertainty related to the COVID-19 pandemic. The roll out of safe and approved vaccines for adults over the age of eighteen brought great relief and hope in the early months of 2021, but left millions of children and youth still vulnerable to the COVID-19 virus and variants of concern. Beyond the direct impacts associated with infection of the virus, children and youth were also subject to lengthy school closures in some jurisdictions; delays in access to essential services, including health and healthcare services; and, of course, social isolation as the result of public health measures to curb the transmission of COVID-19.
As trusted sources of information and expertise, Children’s Healthcare Canada and our members have played an important role communicating information and evidence (as it emerged) related to strategies to prevent COVID-19 transmission to kids, to support ongoing essential healthcare service delivery, and eventually related to increasing confidence to vaccinate children and youth against COVID-19.
In addition to managing the virus itself, throughout 2021, and almost consistently from coast to coast, Children’s Healthcare Canada members experienced a measurable increase in emergency department visits and admissions related to children’s mental health, delayed access to routine or follow-up care, and towards the end of the year, RSV and other seasonal viruses.
As we reflect on the year that has passed, you will notice that a great deal of Children’s Healthcare Canada’s time and attention was invested in supporting our members and the children and youth they serve to navigate the pandemic, but also to set Canada on course to make children, and their health and wellbeing, the focus of our collective recovery efforts.
New relationships and partnerships emerged to advance shared goals, new learning events were created to meet the need for just-in-time information, and new roles identified to support the mobilization of knowledge and evidence from bench to bedside and beyond.
It has been a busy but rewarding year on many fronts. We are honoured to serve a community so dedicated to improving the lives of Canada’s 8 million kids. Thank you for everything you do to enable healthy, vibrant children and youth.


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#MidwiferyDataMatters: Supporting midwives to enter and access quality BORN data

Introducing the BORN-AOM Knowledge Translation task force

Have you ever wished you could quantify the many non-pharmaceutical pain management mechanisms midwives use to support their clients during labour? Or perhaps you are curious to know how many consults or transfers of care occurred due to hospital protocol rather than midwives’ clinical judgement? The AOM has heard these concerns and as of April 5, 2021, the BORN Information System (BIS) has begun collecting this and other crucial, midwifery-specific information.

The CPS Annual Conference 2022, Montreal

May 26-28

The CPS Annual Conference is the largest gathering of paediatric health professionals in Canada, featuring three days of accredited learning forums: keynotes, symposiums, seminars, and workshops. Multiple networking opportunities are also provided through a scientific tradeshow, poster sessions, and other special activities.

Registration Opening Soon

Celebrations and Accomplishments

Hanover & District Hospital Accredited with Exemplary Standing for the Third Consecutive Time by Accreditation Canada

January 17, 2022

Hanover & District Hospital is pleased to announce that the hospital has been awarded “Accredited with Exemplary Standing” by Accreditation Canada after participating in the Accreditation Canada survey on November 15-18, 2021.

Dana Howes says, “I couldn’t be prouder of the staff, physicians, volunteers, patient and family advisors and Board here at Hanover & District Hospital. We not only achieved exemplary standing but also did this in the middle of a pandemic in a time of fatigue. This truly shows our staff is dedicated to providing exceptional care. I can’t thank everyone enough for their hard work and commitment to provide safe and exemplary care to our community.”


MNCYN Would like to Welcome

Jocelyn Patton-Audette to the Team

March 10, 2022

Jocelyn is the new, casual, Perinatal Education Consultant for MNCYN. She has been a Registered Nurse since 2007, and IBCLC certified since 2015. She is a graduate of the University of New Brunswick-Humber Bachelor of Nursing program, and a current student in the Masters of Nursing Program at Athabasca University. Jocelyn is a Fetal Health Surveillance instructor and will be contributing to regional perinatal nursing education through MNCYN, while also working part-time as a staff nurse in rural maternal, child nursing and maintaining a small private practice in lactation consulting.  Jocelyn is a homeschooling mom of four and lives on a hobby farm in Grey County

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Midwife of the Month

Annette Rudel

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Her nurturing way, her compassion and her kindness are incredibly admirable and she regularly goes above and beyond for her clients and her colleagues.

  – Katie Fisher, Chief of Midwifery, LHSC




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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