Indigenous Midwife Consultant - Native Child and Family Services of Toronto
Under the direction of the Supervisor, Tikinagan, the Midwife (Registered Midwife or Aboriginal Midwife practicing under the exception clause of Midwifery Act, 1991) will focus their work on building a program within Native Child and Family Services of Toronto that provides a system of supports, both clinical and non- clinical for pregnant Aboriginal families who are clients of Native Child:
- Work to developing and implementing a model of culturally safe, accessible, coordinated and continuous pregnancy and infant care for expectant families with midwifery care included as integral to the model
- Engage with systems on a federal, provincial and local level that are working to transform child welfare programs including those that are ending birth alerts and working to reduce infant apprehensions
- Begin to build a database of hospitals, other health care professionals that will support and streamline culturally safe referral pathways
- Organize and implement community engagement sessions as required to provide feedback for the development of the program.
- Collaborate with internal and external services to develop and implement wrap-around supports that are culturally informed, trauma informed and community driven
- Support and create best practices for an expanded midwifery model of care.
Creation of a model that will:
- Provide flexible, mobile and accessible supports through a system of referrals for community visits and home visiting
- Centre Indigenous midwives as best practice to provide culturally sensitive and trauma informed reproductive care for families
- Provide outreach and education in an urban community to support families to make informed choices around reproductive care
- Provide supports to clients to navigate the health care system in a culturally safe way
- Provide in-house training related to birth year cultural teachings or consult as required including pregnancy, birth, postpartum and early parenting education and training to internal support services and child welfare to enhance their service delivery.
- Maintain and encourage ongoing networking with health and social community services.
- Work within a diverse multi-service and integrated team and support team members as a consultant when required, attend case conferences, home visits or phone consultations.
- Demonstrate experience in the provision of prenatal, intrapartum and postpartum care for pregnant community members.
- Provide well-woman and well-baby care up to one year postpartum families with additional referrals for other supports as required.
- Provide crisis intervention under immediate response child welfare criteria to provide clinical care, assessment and referrals
- referrals to other midwives that will provide long term care throughout the pregnancy and postpartum
- In a drop in setting, provide clinical care and referrals to appropriate care providers
- Prepare and submit accurate funder and client related reports and records.
- Other duties as assigned.
What we are looking for:
- Bachelor of Health Sciences in Midwifery or diploma/certificate from a recognized Aboriginal Midwifery program
- Relevant experience working with Aboriginal communities and populations that face socio-economic barriers.
- Pass a Vulnerable Sector Police Record Check.
- Must have a class “G” Driver’s Licence and have access to a reliable personal vehicle with agency standard liability vehicle insurance.
- Passionate about working with pregnant, postpartum and early parenting families.
- A strong understanding of the impacts of the child welfare system within Aboriginal communities.
- Knowledge of First Nations, Metis and Inuit cultures and birth year cultural teachings.
- Ability to adapt skills and work form an Aboriginal cultural model of care.
- Knowledge of the Child, Youth and Family Services Act.
- Ability to work collaboratively with Child Welfare.
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills and organizational skills.
- Professionalism, initiative and respect for confidentiality
- Demonstrated understanding, and commitment to, integrating the Native Child and Family Services of Toronto Mission and values in to practice, service and relationships.
- Demonstrated understanding of workplace Health and Safety practices and understanding of an employee’s responsibility under current legislation.
- Ability to work effectively with all levels of staff, to maintain effective communication and working relationships, demonstrating strong interpersonal skills, tact, sensitivity and build strong internal relationships.
*Those looking for a part-time opportunity are also encouraged to apply, If you are interested in this job opportunity, please apply by email on or before August 12, 2020 firstname.lastname@example.org quoting reference number #20-07-11
We are committed to providing a barrier-free work environment in accordance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act and the Ontario Human Rights Code. As such, NCFST will make accommodations available to applicants with disabilities upon request during the recruitment process. We thank you for your interest, however, only those applicants selected for an interview will be contacted.