Standards set minimum expectations that must be met by any midwife in any setting or role. Standards guide the professional knowledge, skills and judgment needed to practise midwifery safely. Standards of practice are approved by the Council of the College.
In 2015, the College began an evaluation of all its existing standards, and in 2018 the Council of the College approved the new Professional Standards for Midwives, which came into effect on June 1, 2018. Click here for additional information on implementing the Professional Standards for Midwives.
College of Midwives of Ontario Standards of Practice:
Effective October 1, 2018:
Provincial and territorial midwifery regulators define the competencies expected of entry-level midwives in their own jurisdictions. Through the Canadian Midwifery Regulators Consortium (CMRC), midwifery regulators have identified competencies that are common across all jurisdictions, covering antepartum care, care during labour and birth, postpartum care of the woman, care of the newborn and young infant, breastfeeding, well woman care, education and counselling, and professional, interprofessional, and legal issues.
Click here to review the CMRC Core Competencies
Regulatory authorities further specify advanced competencies that midwives with the necessary training and certification may perform in certain situations or practice settings. In some rural or remote communities for example, midwives work to an expanded scope and provide a broader range of services to meet the needs of the population. Definitions of advanced (versus entry-level) competencies vary according to the regulatory framework in each province and territory.
Please note that while in this document the CMRC has used the generic feminine pronouns, the terms “midwife” and “midwives” are meant to include both male and female midwives.
As we rescind standards of practice and introduce the new Professional Standards, we will archive old standards here.
If you are looking for historic information on College standards, you can contact the College’s Practice Advisor by phone: 416.640.2252 ext. 230 or by email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The below standards were archived on June 1, 2018