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


Girl in hospital bed smiling at doctor for MNCYN's Regional Paediatric Program.


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

“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.

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.)

Chatham-Kent Health Alliance Recruiting for Managers Position

CKHA is looking to hire a Full-Time Manager for Women’s & Children’s Health.  Please click the button below for more information.

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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.

Celebrations and Accomplishments

The Launch of a new Paediatric Continuing Medical Education (C.M.E.) Website

The new Website contains all of the information needed for Children’s paediatric CME education and events: Children’s Hospital Paediatric Update, PROP Lecture, PROP Pocus, PROP Simulation, PALS, Grand Rounds and our Paediatric Insider. To access the recordings of the PROP lectures and Grand Rounds you will need to create an account. After your account is created, you will be able to come back to the website anytime, and login, to view any recordings. No login is required to view the rest of the website.

Introducing CPSO’s New President

As he embarks on his new role, Dr. Rob Gratton is keenly aware of the challenges facing our health care system

When Dr. Rob Gratton talks about Ontario’s health care system and the role of medical regulation within it, one word keeps coming up: trust. It’s a term that sits at the very heart of CPSO’s vision — trusted doctors providing great care. However, as he embarks on his term as CPSO Council President for 2023, Dr. Gratton is keenly aware of the challenges facing our health system, which is stretched to its limits.

Dr. Gratton grew up in a small Ontario community on Lake Huron. His father was a dentist, the sole practitioner in the town. He maintained a busy practice but was also the sort who would jump out of bed at night, head to the office, turn on the lights and provide emergency care. “I had a good sense from him of what it means to be truly embedded into the fabric of a community,” Dr. Gratton says. “He also made a transition in his career to going back to school and earning a teaching degree, and he taught dental students at Western University for many years. That duality — working in the profession, but also guiding future generations — made a real impression on me. It reinforced the importance of education and passing on your knowledge to the next generation of learners.” Click on the button below for more information about Dr. Gratton and his new role.

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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