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Newborn with hospital bracelet sleeping soundly holding nurse's fingers for MNCYN's Regional Perinatal Program.


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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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Seamless Systems
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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



The Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada (SOGC) Indigenous Women’s Health

The SOGC is committed to advancing women’s sexual and reproductive health and rights by addressing health inequities and promoting timely access to quality, culturally safe care. The health of marginalized and vulnerable populations is particularly at risk and requires increased attention to social, cultural, and economic factors that can influence health outcomes.

Since 2006, indigenous health has been a key pillar of SOGC’s strategic direction. In partnership with indigenous and non-indigenous stakeholders and organizations, the SOGC develops policies, guidelines, continuing medical education sessions, and health promotion materials. Our goal is to advance indigenous health by providing the support and resources that health professionals need to deliver culturally competent care.

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.

CTV News: Public Health Ontario warns of fraudulent emails offering vaccine passport registration

TORONTO — Public Health Ontario (PHO) is warning that an email doctored to appear from them offering vaccine passport registration is indeed fraudulent.

Ontario resident Cassidy Allen received the email on Sept. 9, she told CTV News Toronto on Thursday.

“I’d never received any emails from PHO in the past,” she said. “Initially, I was so excited to get my passport set up because I can’t wait to get back to some sense of normalcy.”

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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 Children’s Healthcare Canada conference is taking place November 22-26, 2021: From Crisis to Catalyst: The Next Chapter for Children’s Healthcare

In a continued effort to keep our delegates and their families safe and closer to the patients they are caring for, our event this year will leverage digital technology to bring you face to face with thought leaders and influencers in children’s health. The event is being closely planned with our “local” co-host, the Children’s Hospital at London Health Sciences Centre.

Celebrations and Accomplishments

MNCYN would like to congratulate Dr. Laura Lyons of London, Recipient of the OCFP, Regional Family Physicians of the Year Award, for our Region.

The Regional Family Physician of the Year Award recognizes seven physicians – one from each region of the province – who provide exemplary care to their patients and are passionately involved in activities that contribute to excellence in family medicine.

As a family physician providing comprehensive care, Dr. Lyons’ roles are numerous and diverse, from intrapartum obstetrics to palliative care. She is director of Family Medicine Obstetrics for the Citywide Department of Family Medicine at London Health Sciences Centre. She is also an addiction medicine specialist and a valued consultant on addiction in pregnancy. She is actively involved in hospital and community programs that support and treat people who are experiencing harms from drug use.


MNCYN would like to congratulate Dr. Kevin Coughlin and Dr. Jill Boulton, Recipients of the Danielle Grenier Member Recognition Award

The Canadian Paediatric Society (CPS) would not function without the work and dedication of its many volunteer members.  To recognize outstanding contributions, the CPS has established the CPS Member Recognition Award.

Dr. Coughlin is currently the chair of the Ontario and Nunavut Provincial NRP Committee, a member of the National NRP Steering Committee, and chair of the CPS’s Acute Care of at-Risk Newborn (ACoRN) Program. He has also been president of the CPS Neonatal Perinatal Medicine Section and chair of the Bioethics Committee.

Dr. Boulton served on the executive of the CPS Perinatal Neonatal Section from 2000 to 2006 and was president of the section from 2002 to 2004. She has been involved in the development and dissemination of the Neonatal Resuscitation Program in Canada since 1990, serving on provincial and national committees.


Midwife of the Month

Julie Serrador

Midwives of Middlesex & Area


“Julie is an amazing midwife who always puts the needs of her clients first. She is enthusiastic about supporting clients through all aspects of their prenatal, labour, and birth and breastfeeding journeys.”

  – 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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