The midwife-client relationship is based on trust, with clients expecting a midwife who is highly skilled and knowledgeable. The majority of midwives in Ontario meet all of the College’s high standards, and it is our job as regulators to ensure families can trust that their midwife will provide safe and excellent care at all times. Sexual abuse by a midwife violates that trust and is never acceptable. The College has zero tolerance for sexual abuse and has the responsibility to investigate all complaints.
In September 2017, I received a letter from the Minister of Health and Long-Term Care. In the letter, Minister Eric Hoskins writes about the Ministry’s Patients First Action Plan, and states their objective to increase access to the right care, at the right time.