Push! offers a historical account of the forces behind the integration of midwifery in Ontario, including public interest in funding midwifery services and the impact of political lobbying. Bourgeault also explores the specific features of Ontario's respected model, including the use of independent practitioners, funding for a self-regulatory college, a university-based education program, and the provision of midwifery care in both home and hospital settings.
About the author
Ivy Lynn Bourgeault, associate professor and Canada Research Chair in Comparative Health Labour Policy, McMaster University, is the co-editor of Reconceiving Midwifery.