Friends of Muskoka Midwives (FOMM) exists to educate the community about the option of midwifery care by advocating and supporting informed birth and parenting choices.
Friends of Muskoka Midwives (FOMM) is motivated by the belief that pregnancy is a state of health and child birth is a normal and powerful experience. We believe FOMM plays a crucial role ensuring that our community is aware of its options for maternity care, which should be woman-centred and family inclusive. We concur that the extensive knowledge and absolute respect that Midwives have for their clientele allows for this type of care; in essence, we believe that women need Midwives.
Friends of Muskoka Midwives was created when midwifery clients Jo-Anne McCarthy and Kailey Richter recognized a need to highlight the benefits of midwifery care, while also dispelling the myths. So, in February 2008, the first meeting was held with two members. Today, Friends of Muskoka Midwives boasts a membership of twelve decision makers, with a large volunteer base.
Each Friends of Muskoka Midwives member was profoundly impacted by his or her experience with the midwives. We are motivated by the belief that pregnancy is a state of health and childbirth is a normal and powerful process. We hope for this experience for all expecting Muskoka residents.
We believe this organization plays a crucial role in ensuring that all Muskoka residents are aware of their options for maternity care. We also believe that this maternity care should be woman-centered and family-inclusive and that midwives’ vast knowledge, extensive experience, and absolute respect for those they care for allows for this type of care.
In essence, we believe women need midwives.
Chair: Jacki McPherson
Jacki believes that involvement in an empowered community can radically improve one’s quality of life. She grew up in a rural area near London, Ontario, and moved to Muskoka to teach at Gravenhurst High School seven years ago. She decided to join FOMM after the birth of her first child as a way to connect with other local parents. When she’s not maintaining FOMM’s social landscape, or marking English essays, you can find her adventuring out and about with her kids.
Deputy Chair: Christy Giacomini
Profile coming soon!!
Treasurer: Alison Parsons
Alison loves being a member of FOMM and is happy to take on her new role as treasurer. A person can only be as vital as their community and environment allows, and midwifery care optimizes this vitality by nourishing its roots. This is why she decided to become a member of FOMM in 2011 after the birth of her first son, as the nature of care provided by the Midwives of Muskoka helps to foster a healthy community one baby at a time. Now three years and one more baby boy later, Alison is happy to be taking on a more active role in such a wonderful group of women. She is thankful to be able to provide pre-natal, pediatric and women’s health care as a naturopathic doctor and raise a family in Bracebridge where natural birthing and mindful parenting choices are embraced.