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Standards of Practice

Standards of Practice

Standards of Practice

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 will come into effect on June 1, 2018. Click here to read the new Professional Standards in advance of their implementation.

 Click here to review the College's standards of practice

 Midwifery Model of Care

Interprofessional Care

Practice Management

Clinical Practice

Effective June 1, 2018:

Effective October 1, 2018:

Core and Advanced Competencies

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. 

Core Competencies

Code of Ethics

Click here to access the College’s Code of Ethics.

Archived Standards of Practice from the College

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: