The Maternal, Newborn, Child and Youth Network works to realize our vision of:

Improve Health Outcomes

Better Operation Management

Seamless Systems Integration

Enhanced Learning & Growth



The purpose of the MNCYN is to enable the consistent delivery of safe, quality maternal, newborn, child and youth care across our region. We achieve this by promoting and advocating for a consistent standard of care.


Our Network is seen as adding significant value through its ability to:

Provide better health outcomes through systematic improvements in health promotion, illness and injury prevention, acute and follow-up care and patient safety.

Provide better operational management through improved asset management within the organization and across the region resulting in greater return on investment.

Provide seamless systems integration through improved communication, program planning, and support resulting in greater coordination across the region.

Enhance learning and growth by promoting and advocating for a consistent standard of care throughout the region.

View PDF of our Memorandum of Understanding (MOU).

View PDF of our Ethical Framework.


MNCYN fulfills its mission by offering a number of deliverables and services in our geographical region in Ontario to help health care organizations meet their objectives and exceed professional regulations.


Deliverables will be defined by the strategic plan which is developed every three years through a strategic planning session and vetted by the Regional Steering Committee and the Executive Committee.

Strategic initiatives will be defined and working groups established.

Metrics will be developed, measured and reported out to our regional partners on a quarterly basis.


Case reviews

Critical event reviews


Site visits

Access to online programs, lecture series, courses, tools and documents

Collaborative quality improvement initiatives (per strategic plan)

Meetings, conference and workshops

More information on our Services and Core Business Deliverables can be found on our Membership Benefits page.



Leanne McArthur


Anita Bunnie


Sheila Johnston


Dr. Ghislain Hardy


Dr. Janice Tijssen


Dr. Tim Lynch


Dr. Rahul Ohja


Dr. Henry Roukema


Kristine Fraser


Gwen Peterek


Dr. Kevin Coughlin


Dr. Jordan Schmidt

MNCYN logo


Our logo stylishly depicts the progression of newborn, child and youth in a maternal embrace. It represents a strong sense of confidence, community and cultural diversity emblematic of Canadian society.


The logo speaks to the creativity, cooperation and professionalism required of such an organization. Modern and dynamic, it symbolizes the collaboration and positive partnerships that the MNCYN strives to achieve for the regional health care sector.


Align and support the work of the Provincial Council for Maternal and Child Health

A strategic planning session is held every three years with our regional partners and key stakeholders (see appendix A of the Strategic Plan PDF for participating organizations). The strategic priorities are determined by the feedback (themes) as voiced by our partners. The themes are then positioned under the strategic pillars of MNCYN, Quality Health Outcomes, Systems Integration, Improved Asset Management and Enhanced Learning and Growth.


The MNCYN strategic plan is a living document that is frequently revisited and updated as required to ensure our priorities are relevant, aligned with public health care outcomes and meeting the needs of our partners.

  1. Develop standardized maternal newborn population for benchmarking.
    Low‐risk women (defined as women with a singleton live birth in 41 cephalic presentation at 37– weeks’ gestation, with spontaneous onset of labour, no previous cesarean deliveries, no maternal medical problems, no obstetrical or intrapartum complications)
    Low-risk newborns: Live born infants >37 weeks of gestational age at birth and discharged home (i.e. not transferred to NICU or special care nursery) (may need to add something about no major congenital anomaly).
  2. BORN KPI’s – KPI 1 Newborn screening samples and KPI 4 elective C/S < 39 weeks.Review of the regional data suggests that these 2 metrics require attention in order for our region to meet the targets. Interdisciplinary working groups would be created with TOR and deliverables, meetings coordinated through MNCYN.
  1. Regional Credentialing
    Cross credentialing of physicians, nurses and educators to support a perinatal system of care. Staff will be trained in LHSC orientation system and required to work a percentage of time in both LHSC as well as one of the organizations in the region.
  2. Acute to community transitions in care
    Explore opportunities to improve communications and transitions in care – paediatric care from acute care organizations to the community. Including Paediatrics technology and or documentation flow to support optimal patient outcomes and improving relationships with all partners in care with the family. Supporting care close to home is a safe environment.
  1. Standardized orientation
    Develop a standardized orientation program for all partners to access. This will include perinatal and pediatric. It will be modular based. It will include competencies and tools to support preceptors. This program will be a train the trainer model and will be supported by the MNCYN nurse consultants.
  2. Human Resource planning – medical/nursing/educators
    Determine a pediatric and perinatal human resource plan for the region. This will be in collaboration with the credentialing priority. Develop an understanding of staffing requirements and projected requirements due to attrition and retirements. Consider a regional schedule for staffing the units.
  1. Provide outstanding education opportunities/workshops/simulations
    ACORN, NRP, FHS, Level 2 nursery course, labour support workshop, conference. Plan simulation events with regional partners Work with partners to determine educational needs. Continue to track events and number of attendee’s.
  2. Experiential Learning
    Finalize the agreement to support staff from SW region to access hands on training through LHSC. Develop internal process through LHSC to determine intake process and tracking. Develop outcome measures to determine impact on quality/services.



The MNCYN follow the Accountability & Operational Structure (shown below), with top priority being given to our patients and their families.

MNCYN Organizational (Accountability and Operational) Structure

View PDF of the MNCYN Organizational Structure.


Regional Steering Committee

Reporting to the Partner organizations’ CEO/ Medical Officer of Health, the Network Regional Steering Committee will make strategic decisions as they apply to the Network and will plan for the successful evolution of program developments in Southwestern Ontario as agreed to by the Partners. The Regional Steering Committee will ensure that the key goals, vision and mission of the Network are consistent with the direction of the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, the Ministry of Health Promotion and the Ministry of Children and Youth Services, nationally recognized best practice standards, and the needs of The Partners and other stakeholders. Additionally, the Regional Steering Committee will review reports and recommendations resulting from the work of the Task and Working Groups. The Regional Steering Committee consists of one representative from each Partner organization.

Executive Committee

In order to facilitate the operations and management of the Network, an Executive Committee will be formed to represent the Regional Steering Committee. The Executive Committee will report to the Regional Steering Committee at minimum semi-annually or more often when necessary.




The Executive Committee undertake the following responsibilities:


  1. Develop the Network’s strategic directions and annual operating planning process(es);
  2. Receive regular reports from the Task Forces/Working Groups;
  3. Review reports and recommendations resulting from the work of the Task Forces/Working Groups;
  4. Provide advice to LHINs, Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, the Ministry of Health Promotion and the Ministry of Children and CEOs of member stakeholders on advancing and integrating the activities of the Network to further development of the maternal/newborn and paediatric regional services systems;
  5. Provide a forum to receive and provide updates on the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care policy initiatives and other activities impacting the Network mandate to LHINs, Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, the Ministry of Health Promotion, the Ministry of Children and Youth, and the CEOs of member stakeholders;
  6. Support the work of the Provincial Council on Maternal, and Child Health;
  7. Carry out fiduciary responsibilities related to the Network including taking an active role in review and approval of a sound operating budget and Membership fee schedule.




Membership is voluntary and will include the following:


  • Regional Leader of the Network, ex-officio
  • 3 Medical Leads – Obstetrician, Neonatologist, Paediatrician
  • 3 representatives of the Regional Steering Committee (including one CCAC or Health Unit representative, when possible)
  • Chairs (or an alternate) from each of the Task Forces/Working Groups

Baby Friendly Initiative Task Force

The Baby-Friendly Initiative Task Force’s role is to:


  1. Implement PCMCH Approved Recommendations from the Breastfeeding Services and Supports Work Group;
  2. Promote the Baby Friendly Hospital initiative;
  3. Promote the WHO Code of Marketing of Breast Milk Substitutes.




The Task Force Membership includes:

  • Dietician
  • Family Physician
  • Lactation Consultant
  • Midwife
  • Obstetrician
  • Paediatrician
  • Public Health
  • Registered Nurse
  • Epidemiologist
  • Family Practice Nurse

Patient/Family Advisory Committee

The Patient / Family Advisory Committee’s role is to:


  1. Role 1;
  2. Role 2;
  3. Role 3.




The Committee Membership includes:

  • Patients
  • Patients’ Family Members
  • Family Physician
  • Paediatrician
  • Public Health
  • Registered Nurse
  • Epidemiologist
  • Family Practice Nurse
Want to get involved or learn more about our new Patient/ Family Advisory Committee?