Monthly Archives: July 2016

Photo Search!

Do you have any amazing pictures from your pregnancy, labour, birth, and/or first few weeks of baby bliss? The College of Midwives (CMBC) is always looking for wonderful pictures that capture the essence of midwifery to use in our publications. Your pictures could be included on our website, in our newsletters, and/or annual report.

If you would like to share your pictures – please send your photo(s) along with your consent to have the photo used to information at Please also include the photo credit if you would like the photographer acknowledged. No names will be used with the photos (except for the photo credits if included).

While kind of a blury shot – this one makes me smile none the less. This is one of my boys – minutes old and tired already!

Aiden minutes


Proposed Regulation Amendments

The Ministry of Health is proposing amendments to the Midwives Regulation.

The proposed amendments will do the following:

  • In addition to medical practitioners, specify that nurse practitioners may prescribe certain controlled drugs and substances that a midwife can compound, dispense and administer;
  • Enable midwives to autonomously prescribe, compound, dispense, or administer three new categories of drugs for specific purposes:
    • anti-coagulants for prophylaxis or treatment of thrombosis;
    • benzodiazepines for therapeutic rest in prodromal labour or short term management of excessive anxiety in the postpartum period; and
    • narcotics for pain relief in labour or the postpartum period.
  • Require that a midwife be certified by the College before they can prescribe anti-coagulants, benzodiazepines, and narcotics, for the purpose prescribed in the regulation.

The notice period that is required by the Health Professions Act before the proposed regulation amendments can be brought into force will begin June 28, 2016 and end 90 days later.

Further details on these changes can be found on the Ministry of Health website at:

The Ministry requests that any comments on these proposed regulation amendments be submitted no later than September 26, 2016.

Please submit comments by email only to:
Professional Regulation and Oversight Branch
Health Sector Workforce Division
Ministry of Health
1515 Blanshard Street, Victoria, BC