Protecting the Public

Protecting the Public

When you see a midwife, you can expect to receive safe, quality care from a qualified health professional who is registered with the College of Midwives of Ontario.

Every midwife in the province must meet the College of Midwives of Ontario’s standards for entry into the profession and standards for professional conduct and practice. Only individuals who are registered with the College of Midwives of Ontario may use the title “midwife.”

The College sets rules and develops programs to ensure that members of the midwifery profession practise in your best interests. Midwives are accountable to the College for the quality of care they provide their patients and their professional conduct.

Assessing and addressing concerns about the conduct and competence of midwives is one of the ways in which the College of Midwives of Ontario works to protect the public. The College also responds to concerns that a midwifes’s physical or mental health is affecting, or could affect, their ability to practise midwifery. Most matters are resolved through education, remediation and resolution processes.

This section provides information and resources to help health professionals, midwives and members of the public understand and participate in the College’s public protection processes.