Terms of Reference
The Maternal Child Nurses' Interest Group (MCNIG) represents expertise in perinatal nursing practice for the Registered Nurses' Association of Ontario (RNAO).
MCNIG promotes excellence in perinatal nursing and promotes optimal health for women, families and infants from preconception and across the continuum of the childbearing year.
- MCNIG shares the core values of RNAO and respects human dignity and diversity.
- MCNIG promotes and adopts the core values of The Canadian Nurses Association (CNA).
- MCNIG supports Health Canada's National Guidelines - Family-Centred Maternity and Newborn Care.
- MCNIG promotes, supports and protects exclusive breastfeeding as the optimal method of infant feeding until 6 months with continued breastfeeding until 24 months and beyond.
- MCNIG endorses the Health Canada and WHO/UNICEF statement on breastfeeding including the Baby-Friendly Initiative (BFI)TM and the International Code of Marketing of Breastmilk Substitutes.
- MCNIG supports and promotes Evidence-Based Practice including RNAO's Best Practice Guidelines.
Function / responsibilities:
- To optimize the role of the registered nurse through promotion of and participation in advocacy, networking, and political action around perinatal issues.
- To collaborate with other RNAO Interest Groups, governments and other organizations having similar mandates (e.g., Ontario Breastfeeding Committee, AWHONN Canada, Breastfeeding Committee of Canada, Ontario Public Health Association) to promote evidence-based practice, participate in health promoting and educational activities.
- To represent RNAO on perinatal matters.
- To serve members of MCNIG through advocacy, programs, events and education.
- To keep RNAO informed on issues that effect perinatal nursing.
- To support RNAO/MCNIG recruitment and retention.
- To elect a MCNIG representative as a voting delegate for the RNAO Annual General Meeting.
- To participate and represent MCNIG in RNAO assembly meetings and report on activities through Members Voices.