Mother in hospital bedding cradling newborn, surrounded by family.


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:

MNCYN icon for Improved Health Outcomes
Improved Health
MNCYN icon for Better Operational Management
Better Operational
MNCYN icon for Seamless Systems Integration
Seamless Systems
MNCYN icon for enhanced learning and growth
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.

Be part of an integrated family-centred system of care, focused
on participation, partnerships and accountability.

Our Network is Your Community

Diagram of MNCYN network emphasizing collaboration, teamwork, planning, success, trust, quality and administration.

What’s New

Image promoting VEGA resources (Violence, Evidence, Guidance, Action)

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.


Lawson Health Research Institute: Examining the health impact the COVID-19 pandemic is having on mothers and their new babies

LHSC: Victoria Hospital – It has been a challenging year for many with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic creating changes to people’s lifestyles, education, employment, and health care. The impacts of these changes may be posing a health risk to women who have given birth during this trying time, and for their babies.

Association of Ontario Midwives Logo

#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.

NACIC2021 – 1st North American Conference on Integrated Care, Toronto, Canada

Innovation. Inspiration. Integration: Co-designing for health and wellbeing with individuals and communities

The 1st North American Conference on Integrated Care in association with the 6th World Congress on Integrated Care will be run as a virtual conference in  partnership with the University of Toronto, KPMG Canada, HSPN and iCOACH from 4 – 7 October 2021. With the overarching theme ‘Co-designing for health and wellbeing with individuals and communities’, the conference will bring together leaders, researchers, clinicians, managers, citizens, patients and caregivers from around the world who are engaged in the design and delivery of integrated health and social care.

Celebrations and Accomplishments

Southwest-Ontario-Aboriginal-Health-Access-Centre logo

SOAHAC  and Tele-Mental Health

The Southwestern Ontario Aboriginal Health Access Centre (SOAHAC) has been selected as one of six Tele-Mental Health Service coordination agencies. We facilitate access to Tele-Mental Health for community service providers/agencies in our service area (see below). All publically-funded mental health professionals, and others working with Indigenous youth, are able to refer young people to the Tele-Mental Health Coordinator at SOAHAC.

10th Anniversary

MNCYN Remembers the Citywide Program Transfer

On June 5, 2021, we celebrate 10 years since the historic Citywide Program Transfer of obstetrical and neonatal care in the city of London. The restructuring project, known as Milestone 2, Phase 2 (M2P2) ultimately oversaw a transfer of 38 patients, including 23 neonatal infants from St. Joseph’s Health Care, London (SJHC) to London Health Sciences Centre (LHSC), where they were then admitted to a new purpose-built, facility known as “North Tower”. The move was accomplished in just under 4 hours.

St. Joseph’s Healthcare London had a history of more than a century of perinatal and newborn care. The first recorded birth at St. Joseph’s Hospital took place on October 5, 1901, and the birthing centre ceased new admissions on June 4, 2011.


Midwife of the Month

Danielle Longfield

Womancare Midwives

“Danielle is an amazing midwife that exudes passion. She is a gift to the profession!”

  – 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!

South West Local Health Integration Network logo
Tillsonburg-District-Memorial-Hospital logo
WECHU logo
London Health Sciences Centre logo
Southwest-Ontario-Aboriginal-Health-Access-Centre logo
Thunder-Bay-Regional-Health-Sciences-Centre logo
Woodstock-Hospital logo

View all members