Welcome to the College of Midwives of British Columbia
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Midwives in British Columbia offer primary care to healthy pregnant women and their normal newborn babies from early pregnancy, through labour and birth, and up to three months postpartum. Midwifery care from early pregnancy through six weeks postpartum is fully covered by BC's Medical Services Plan. The BC Midwifery Model of Practice is a relational model of care where midwives support women in making informed choices about their care. BC midwives offer continuity of care, which means each woman has a known care provider in attendance at her birth, and choice of birth place, where a low risk woman can choose to give birth either in hospital or at home.
BC residents interested in midwifery care can check the Register of Midwives under Find a Midwife.
In order to practice midwifery in BC, registration with the College is required. The College registered BC's first midwives on January 1, 1998. Midwifery education is offered through the University of British Columbia. A Bridging program for internationally-educated midwives was successfully piloted between 2008 and 2013 and is now seeking funding to continue.
We are dedicated to ensuring that women and their families receive a high standard of midwifery care.
The College's mandate and legislated duty is to serve and protect the public interest by regulating the practice of midwifery. The College registers qualified, competent midwives to provide safe, high quality care to women and their families in the province of British Columbia.
The College has the following objects:
- to superintend the practice of the profession and govern registrants according to the Act, the Regulation and the Bylaws of the College;
- to establish the conditions or requirements for registration as a member of the College;
- to establish, monitor and enforce standards of practice that enhance the quality of practice and reduce incompetent, impaired or unethical practice among registrants;
- to establish and maintain a quality assurance program to promote high practice standards among registrants;
- to require registrants to provide individual clients with access to their health care records in appropriate circumstances;
- to inform individuals of their rights under the Health Professions Act and the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act;
- to establish a client relations program to seek to prevent professional misconduct of a sexual nature;
- to establish, monitor and enforce standards of professional ethics among registrants;
- to establish and employ registration, inquiry and discipline procedures that are transparent, objective, impartial and fair; and
- to administer the affairs of the College, while promoting and enhancing: collaborative relationships with other colleges, health authorities and educational institutions; inter-professional collaborative practice; and registrants' ability to respond to changes in practice and emerging issues in health care.
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