COVID-19: Information from the College
The College of Midwives of Ontario is closely monitoring the rapidly evolving COVID-19 pandemic and its effects and recognizes that this is a challenging time for midwives who are working 24 hours a day providing care to their clients. While the College’s responsibilities during this public health emergency have increased, our role and our mandate remain the same. This means the College provides midwives with information about their practice as it relates to College standards only (see March 16, 2020: COVID-19 – Information and Guidance for Members below) and does not provide clinical practice guidance other than to point you to reliable evidence-based sources. Information about care during labour, birth and the postpartum is continually being updated so the College recommends midwives frequently review the Ministry of Health’s Guidance for the Health Sector and the information being posted by their member association.
The College is aware that there is currently reduced or no access to NRP, CPR and emergency skills workshops across the province, and this will affect midwives’ ability to successfully renew their College membership for 2020/2021. The College is closely monitoring the situation and will provide more information in the coming weeks.
Reminder: The College is currently operating a virtual office, and courier packages cannot be received. Please use regular mail and registered mail instead.
Latest Communications from the College
April 8, 2020: *UPDATED* Registration Information for New Applicants
April 1: COVID-19 – Frequently Asked Questions Now Available
March 31: COVID-19- Personal Protective Equipment Inventory
March 26: COVID-19 – Postponement of the Canadian Midwifery Registration Exam
March 23, 2020: Help Respond to the COVID-19 Pandemic
March 20, 2020: *UPDATED* Inactive Midwives Who Wish to Return to Practise
March 20, 2020: Requirements for Health Care Providers
March 19, 2020: COVID-19 – Managing Health Worker Illness and Return to Work
March 16, 2020: COVID-19 – Information and Guidance for Members
March 13, 2020: College of Midwives of Ontario Providing Services Remotely
We encourage members to regularly review the following websites for the most accurate and up to date information about COVID-19:
- Ministry of Health
- COVID-19 Operational Requirements: Health Sector Restart
- Public Health Agency of Canada
- Public Health Ontario
- Guidance for Independent Health Facilities
- Association of Ontario Midwives
- Maternal-Neonatal COVID-19 General Guideline
Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health
- COVID-19 – Directive #1 for Health Care Providers and Health Care Entities
- COVID 19 – Directive #2 for Health Care Providers
- COVID-19 – Directive #3 for Long-Term Care Homes
- COVID-19 – Directive #4 for Ambulance Services and Paramedics
- COVID-19 – Directive #5 PPE in Hospitals
If you have any questions about meeting the Professional Standards or other College requirements, please contact the College at firstname.lastname@example.org.