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Summer On Call – Resources for Midwives

July 17, 2020

Note: This article was originally published in our Summer 2020 edition of our On Call newsletter, and has not been updated.

Frequently Asked Questions for Midwives and Midwifery Clients

The College created the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) for midwives and midwifery clients at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. A reminder to members to check these pages frequently as the College continues to update questions and answers on an ongoing basis. To access the College’s FAQs relating to COVID-19 please click here. 

Practice Advisories

Reporting Name Changes to College

While certificates of registration are issued in a midwife’s legal name, if a midwife uses a common name that is different from their legal name or changes their legal name, this must be reported to the College. The College’s public register will be updated accordingly, which enables midwives to be easily found, thus ensuring accountability to clients and the public. 

Relevant Legislation 

s. 42 of the Professional Misconduct Regulation 

Failing to take reasonable steps to ensure that any information provided by or behalf of the member to the College is accurate. 

Role at Births of Midwives in the Inactive Class

Midwives in the inactive class should always be clear about their role during a birth they are attending and ensure that they are not practising the profession while attending the birth. For example, attending births as a relative or friend to provide emotional support would not constitute practising midwifery. However, taking on a clinical role during the birth, such as administering an I.V. or using a doppler to monitor the fetal heart rate, would constitute practising midwifery.  

Relevant Legislation 

s. 15(3) of the Registration Regulation 

It is a condition of an inactive certificate of registration that the member shall not engage in the practice of midwifery.