College of Midwives of British Columbia

Standards of Practice

The profession of midwifery in BC is governed under the Health Professions Act (the Act) which governs the majority of health professions in British Columbia.

The Midwives Regulation under the Act provides some of the midwifery specific details such as the midwife's scope of practice, protection for the title "midwife" and the specific actions reserved for registered midwives. Midwives Prescribing and Diagnostic Testing Schedules are attached to this regulation.

The College's Bylaws describe our governance structure and also include the Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice for the Profession. The Standards of Practice set out a basic framework for providing midwifery care that offers choices to women and is safe, ethical, collaborative and supported by the current evidence. The sixteen Standards of Practice in the bylaws are further interpreted and described in the College's Standards of Practice Policies , as well as in other policies and guidelines, so that midwives and the public can better understand how they apply to midwifery practice. These policies may include specific expectations or benchmarks required to meet the minimum standard and they often reference a standard or standards from the bylaws.

A number of these standards and policies can be found in this section.