My name is Elizabeth Brandeis. I’m the president of the Association of Ontario Midwives and I’ve been a midwife for 15 years.
Pay equity is a basic premise that the worth of work that women do is equal to the worth of work that men do.
Midwifery is the most-female domination healthcare profession. The work of midwives is complex. It’s highly skilled work, but it’s also work that relies on time and relationships and partnership with clients. And it’s those aspects of the work that is undervalued. Paying midwives fairly is a symbol of really valuing women’s health. A symbol of valuing the work that women do in society.
Fair and equitable pay for midwives is long #overdue.