Registered Midwives New Prescribing Authority effective April 1, 2017

Effective April 1, 2017, Registered Midwives who hold a “General” or “Temporary” class of registration with the College of Midwives of British Columbia (CMBC) are allowed 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. Full details regarding the Standards, Limits and Conditions for Prescribing, Ordering and Administering Controlled Substances can be found here.

Registered midwives who hold a “Conditional (Return to Practice)” class of registration may be restricted from prescribing, ordering and administering opioids and benzodiazepines on their own authority until their registration class is changed to “General” or “Temporary” registration. Please check the CMBC Register to confirm the class of registration of a midwife and any terms, limits and conditions on the midwife’s license if in doubt.

If you have any questions, please contact CMBC Registrar & Executive Director, Louise Aerts, at