Amended Regulations and Bylaws

On November 24, 2016, Terry Lake, Minister of Health, signed a ministerial order to amend the Midwives Regulation. The amendment allows certified midwives in BC to independently prescribe, order and administer opioids for pain relief in labour and/or the postpartum period, and benzodiazepines for therapeutic rest in prodromal labour or short term management of excessive anxiety in the postpartum period. A copy of the amended Midwives Regulation can be found here.

CMBC’s Board then approved bylaw changes that would integrate these amendments into the College’s registration, quality assurance and inquiry process. The Board also took this opportunity to do a significant review of the bylaws and made substantive changes which can be found here. These bylaws came in force on April 1, 2017. Please stay tuned for future announcements regarding the new bylaws and how the changes affect our registrants.

Holiday Closure

Please note that CMBC’s office will close on Monday, December 26th and reopen on January 2nd, 2017.

For emergencies, please contact Louise Aerts at registrar at

Happy Holidays!

Launch of Opioids and Benzodiazepines: Safe Prescribing for Midwives Course

CMBC is pleased to announce the launch of the Opioids and Benzodiazepines: Safe Prescribing for Midwives course, which is now open for registration!

Completion of this advanced online education course is a requirement by the College of Midwives of British Columbia (CMBC) for all Registered Midwives to independently prescribe, order, and administer opioids and benzodiazepines for pain management during labour and the immediate post-partum. The launch of this course coincides with the recent amendments to the Midwives Regulation which expands a midwife’s scope in this way.

As of renewal, April 1, 2017, registered midwives will be able to begin prescribing according to CMBC’s Standards, Limits and Conditions for Prescribing, Ordering, and Administering Controlled Substances once certified by CMBC after successful completion of this education course. Midwives will have three months to complete the course. The Certificate of Course Completion must be included and uploaded in your registration renewal application, which is due March 1, 2017.

Course Details
Format: Online, self-paced. Progress is tracked so learners may easily come and go.
Time Required: Approximately 10-15 hours, including final examination.
Structure: 16 chapters, nine case studies, downloadable resources, and a final exam.
Exam requirements: 90-minute ‘open book’ final exam. Following successful completion of all course requirements including passing the final exam with a score of 70% or higher, learners will be issued a ‘Certificate of Course Completion’.
Tuition: $200 for BC midwives; $300 for out-of-province midwives. Note: Tuition for BC midwives has been subsidized by the Midwives Association of British Columbia.

For more information about the online course or registration, please contact:

Kate Campbell, Senior Instructional Designer, UBC Division of Continuing Professional Development. kate.c at; 604-875-4111, Ext. 21523

For information about CMBC regulatory requirements and deadlines associated with this course, please contact:
Louise Aerts, Registrar & Executive Director, College of Midwives of BC, registrar at; 604-742-2234

 To Register Online Now Please Go To:

The Standards, Limits and Conditions for Prescribing, Ordering and Administering Controlled Substances can be found HERE

November 2016 Newsletter Posted

CMBC has published the November 2016 Newsletter. You can view it here:

In this newsletter you will find insight into the Inquiry process through a sample complaint, an update on Online Renewal of Registration, information on CMBC’s holiday closures, dates for Second Birth Attendant and Specialized Practice Certification renewal, a recap of the 2016 AGM, an updated list of who to contact at CMBC and more!

Seeking a QA and Clinical Practice Director


The College of Midwives of BC (CMBC) invites applications for a Quality Assurance and Clinical Practice Policy Director. The person selected for this .5 FTE position will start November 1, 2016, working directly with the Registrar/Executive Director and two key College committees, Quality Assurance and Standards of Practice, on a variety of policy initiatives and program activities that affect the midwifery profession.

This position is responsible for managing CMBC’s Quality Assurance Program, the process for Certification in Specialized Practice, and for providing staff support to the committees and board to ensure that the CMBC’s standards, policies and guidelines related to clinical practice are regularly reviewed and kept up-to-date, working within the CMBC’s legislated mandate under the Health Professions Act. The successful candidate will also have a role in member communications, responding to inquiries regarding quality assurance, scope of practice and clinical practice issues.

The ideal candidate will have strong organizational, communications and interpersonal skills; superior research and writing skills; be detail and deadline focused; and have the ability to work independently as well as collaboratively with committees and a cohesive staff team. The successful candidate will likely be a Registered Midwife with policy development experience and a solid understanding of health policy for a regulatory environment; or an individual with a policy background who has knowledge of the midwifery profession in Canada, and familiarity with the health regulatory environment, the British Columbia health system and maternal newborn care in Canada.

Up-to-date knowledge of current midwifery practice standards and evidence-informed practice in maternity care will be needed to work in this position, as well as proficiency working in Word, Excel and Outlook. The individual should be familiar with the current standards and policies of the CMBC. Please contact the Registrar, Louise Aerts, at to request a complete job description.

If you are interested in this position, please submit a cover letter and resume, in one file, to CMBC’s Registrar & Executive Director, Louise Aerts, by email – with the position as the subject line by Monday, September 26, 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

March 2016 Newsletter Posted

The CMBC has published the March 2016 Newsletter. You can view it here:

In this newsletter you will find an interview with a registrant sharing about Specialized PracticeMarch Newsletter Certification, FAQs from the renewal process, dates for an upcoming acupuncture course, an inquiry case study, a call for committee members, information about your Registration Certificate, Peer Case Review tips, a random practice review tool on privacy, and more!