The College of Midwives of Ontario

The College of Midwives of Ontario The College of Midwives of Ontario is the regulator of midwives in the province of Ontario. Terms o

Reminder! Please take the time to share your thoughts about the proposed changes to the Designated Drug Regulation. Feed...
11/07/2023

Reminder! Please take the time to share your thoughts about the proposed changes to the Designated Drug Regulation. Feedback will be accepted until November 13.

The College supports expanding the list of drugs and substances that midwives are able to prescribe and administer, as we know it will improve client care. As we’ve shared before, we will continue to work with the Ministry to find a sustainable solution for clients to continue to receive optimal care by midwives as medication treatment evolves.

We are encouraging midwives and members of the public to share their feedback with the Ministry about the expanded list and hope that midwives will share any additional drugs or substances that would benefit clients in their care.

Click the link for more information about the proposal and how to share your thoughts:

Open consultationProposed Expansion to Designated Drug Regulation The Ministry of Health has launched a public consultation on long-awaited changes to the Designated Drug Regulation under the Midwifery Act, 1991. Share your feedback with the Ministry. The proposed Designated Drugs and Substances...

The College of Midwives of Ontario is holding a by-election to fill a vacancy of a professional member position on Counc...
11/01/2023

The College of Midwives of Ontario is holding a by-election to fill a vacancy of a professional member position on Council. Eligible midwives are able to vote from November 1, 2023 to November 30, 2023. Read more about the election:

2023 Professional Member Council By-Election The College of Midwives of Ontario is holding a by-election from November 1, 2023 to November 30, 2023, to fill for a vacancy of a professional member position on Council.  The term will begin at the first Council meeting post-election currently schedul...

The College of Midwives of Ontario has been working with the province for years to expand the list, but the registrar an...
10/31/2023

The College of Midwives of Ontario has been working with the province for years to expand the list, but the registrar and CEO said that due to advances in medicine, a list can be out of date almost as soon as it is published.

“We’re really happy that the (proposed new) list better reflects the care that midwives currently provide, and will reduce fragmented care that clients now experience,” Kelly Dobbin said.

“(But) the best drug to use in a certain situation today may no longer be the best drug to use tomorrow. So when a list is prescriptive, like this, it does pose challenges in the future.”

TORONTO — Ontario is planning to expand the list of drugs that midwives can prescribe and administer, including allowing them to prescribe birth control.

10/31/2023

Submit your application by November 3 to be considered for this term of Council!

The Ministry of Health has launched a public consultation on long-awaited changes to the Designated Drug Regulation unde...
10/27/2023

The Ministry of Health has launched a public consultation on long-awaited changes to the Designated Drug Regulation under the Midwifery Act, 1991. Read more about the College's submission and how to share your feedback:

Proposed Expansion to Designated Drug Regulation The Ministry of Health has launched a public consultation on long-awaited changes to the Designated Drug Regulation under the Midwifery Act, 1991. Share your feedback. The proposed Designated Drugs and Substances Regulation sets out a list of drug...

10/26/2023

Are you interested in how midwifery is regulated in Ontario?

The College of Midwives of Ontario regulates midwifery in the public interest. Members of the public work alongside registered midwives as decision-makers on the College’s Council and Committees, guiding our work.

Bring your knowledge and expertise to the College of Midwives of Ontario.

We’re seeking members of the public who wish to join our Committees including:
• Client Relations Committee
• Discipline Committee
• Fitness to Practise Committee
• Investigation, Complaints, and Reports Committee
• Quality Assurance Committee
• Registration Committee

Read more about how to become a Committee Member at the College of Midwives of Ontario: https://cmo.on.ca/join-a-committee-with-the-college-of-midwives-of-ontario/

We’re also accepting applications from midwives who wish to become Committee members. See the link above for details!

The College is acknowledging and reflecting on   today. We have a guideline to assist midwives in recognizing sources of...
10/10/2023

The College is acknowledging and reflecting on today.

We have a guideline to assist midwives in recognizing sources of stress, mental illness, and addiction with suggestions on how to manage personal health and wellness available on our website:https://cmo.on.ca/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/Guideline-on-Managing-Personal-Practice-Health-final.pdf

Congratulations to the first cohort of the Orientation and Assessment Pilot Program!We are very happy to share that the ...
10/03/2023

Congratulations to the first cohort of the Orientation and Assessment Pilot Program!

We are very happy to share that the first cohort of the Orientation and Assessment Pilot Program have all successfully completed the program. The internationally educated midwives who completed the program are now able to write the Canadian Midwifery Registration Examination (CMRE) at the October sitting date and then will be able to apply for registration with the College.

For more information on the Orientation and Assessment Pilot Program for internationally educated midwives please see our website: https://cmo.on.ca/midwives/internationally-educated-midwives/

Applications are open until October 20 for the second cohort - see our webpage for more information!

As we observe the National Day for Truth & Reconciliation, we reflect on how Canada’s legacy of colonization has impacte...
09/30/2023

As we observe the National Day for Truth & Reconciliation, we reflect on how Canada’s legacy of colonization has impacted the practice of midwifery in Indigenous communities, harming the health & wellbeing of Indigenous parents & their newborns for generations.

National Day for Truth and Reconciliation As we observe the third annual National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, we reflect on how Canada’s legacy of colonization has impacted the practice of midwifery in Indigenous communities, harming the health and wellbeing of Indigenous parents and the...

Reminder to all midwives - October 1 is the deadline to renew your registration. Find more information here:
09/27/2023

Reminder to all midwives - October 1 is the deadline to renew your registration. Find more information here:

October 1 Requirements and Information About Renewal Registration Renewal is Due October 1!The 2023 Renewal Period is from August 1 to October 1. Renew today in the Registrant Portal. October 1, 2023 is the deadline this year.  By October 1, 2023, all registrants are required to submit their: Onlin...

September 17 is World Patient Safety Day. At the College, our work is centred on patient safety - we ensure that midwive...
09/17/2023

September 17 is World Patient Safety Day. At the College, our work is centred on patient safety - we ensure that midwives in Ontario are qualified, skilled, and competent to practise so Ontarians can be confident in the care they receive from professional midwives.

Midwives are reminded that registration renewal is due by October 1 - renew today online:
09/14/2023

Midwives are reminded that registration renewal is due by October 1 - renew today online:

October 1 Requirements and Information About Renewal Renew Today!The 2023 Renewal Period is from August 1 to October 1. Renew today in the Registrant Portal. October 1, 2023 is the deadline this year.  By October 1, 2023, all registrants are required to submit their: Online registration renewal app...

We are now accepting applications for the second cohort of the Orientation and Assessment Pilot Program for internationa...
09/08/2023

We are now accepting applications for the second cohort of the Orientation and Assessment Pilot Program for internationally educated midwives. For more information on what is required to apply, please see our website.

Orientation and Assessment Pilot Program Now Accepting Applications The College of Midwives of Ontario is pleased to share that we are continuing our Orientation and Assessment Pilot Program for internationally educated midwives. We are now accepting applications for the second cohort of the Orienta...

The College of Midwives of Ontario will be holding a by-election from November 1, 2023 to November 30, 2023, to fill for...
09/01/2023

The College of Midwives of Ontario will be holding a by-election from November 1, 2023 to November 30, 2023, to fill for a vacancy of a professional member position on Council.

The College’s Council makes regulatory decisions in the public interest. In order to make decisions truly reflective of the interests of all Ontarians, we require the expertise and perspectives of individuals with a variety of experiences that represent a range of communities.

If you're a midwife who is interested in joining Council, find out how to stand for election here

Notice of By-Election: Call for Nominations  Notice of By-Election The College of Midwives of Ontario will be holding a by-election from November 1, 2023 to November 30, 2023, to fill for a vacancy of a professional member position on Council.  The term will begin at the first Council meeting pos...

Today, the Emergency Class provisions in the Registration Regulation, under the Midwifery Act, 1991, came into effect. C...
08/31/2023

Today, the Emergency Class provisions in the Registration Regulation, under the Midwifery Act, 1991, came into effect. Council has approved a new policy that enables the College to operationalize the new class of certificate in the event of an emergency. The Emergency Class Policy is available on the College’s website:

Emergency Class Policy Today, the Emergency Class provisions in the Registration Regulation, under the Midwifery Act, 1991, came into effect. The implementation of the emergency class aligns with recent changes to the Regulated Health Professions Act, 1991 establishing the requirement for all re...

Did you know? The College provides advice for midwives and members of the public who have questions about our standards,...
08/28/2023

Did you know? The College provides advice for midwives and members of the public who have questions about our standards, and the legislation and regulations that govern midwifery practice in Ontario. We’ve created a page of common inquiries and scenarios:

Professional Practice Advice Skip to Case Scenarios Skip to FAQ – Scope of Practice Skip to FAQ – Prescribing Drugs and Ordering and Performing Tests Skip to FAQ – Delegation Skip to FAQ – Second Birth Attendant Skip to FAQ – Record Keeping Skip to FAQ – Members Registered in the Inactiv...

The College is seeking a Director, Professional Practice and Policy on a 12-month contract to provide leadership and str...
08/14/2023

The College is seeking a Director, Professional Practice and Policy on a 12-month contract to provide leadership and strategic direction to the Professional Practice, Regulatory Policy, and Quality Assurance portfolios. With knowledge of emerging issues and best practices in midwifery and a strong interest in preventing and removing systemic inequities within policy development and quality assurance programs, the Director will oversee the implementation of the Quality Assurance Program, and will work closely on the development and implementation of revised regulation, policy, practice standards, and guides.

Job posting: Director Professional Practice and Policy Job type: 1 FTE (37.5 hours/week) – 12-month fixed term contract View PDF Job posting About the Position: The purpose and mandate of the College of Midwives is to protect the public by making sure all midwives, operating in the province, are e...

The College of Midwives of Ontario is pleased to announce that we have extended our Orientation and Assessment Pilot Pro...
08/09/2023

The College of Midwives of Ontario is pleased to announce that we have extended our Orientation and Assessment Pilot Program for internationally educated midwives. We will be accepting applications to the program starting on Sept. 8 - here's how to apply:

Internationally Educated Midwives Skip to Midwifery in Canada Skip to Orientation and Assessment Program Overview Skip to Eligibility for the Program and Steps of the Orientation and Assessment Pilot Program Skip to Requirements for Your Application The application period for the next cycle will be....

August 1 is Emancipation Day in Canada, recognizing the anniversary of the abolition of slavery in Canada in 1834. We re...
08/01/2023

August 1 is Emancipation Day in Canada, recognizing the anniversary of the abolition of slavery in Canada in 1834. We reflect on the past and recommit ourselves to our guiding principle of equity, specifically fighting anti-Black racism in health care.

Registration Renewal is open for all midwives - renew today ahead of the October 1 deadline. Get started:
08/01/2023

Registration Renewal is open for all midwives - renew today ahead of the October 1 deadline. Get started:

October 1 Requirements and Information About Renewal Renew Today!The 2023 Renewal Period is from August 1 to October 1. Renew today in the Registrant Portal. October 1, 2023 is the deadline this year.  By October 1, 2023, all registrants are required to submit their: Online registration renewal app...

The College's Council is having a Special Meeting on Monday, July 31 to discuss proposed changes to the Designated Drugs...
07/28/2023

The College's Council is having a Special Meeting on Monday, July 31 to discuss proposed changes to the Designated Drugs Regulation. We post all Council materials on our website:

Council Meetings Council meetings are always open to the public. Contact the College at [email protected] or 416.640.2252 for additional information about the time and location of these meetings. Please review the Guidelines for Observers prior to attending a College of Midwives of Ontario Council meeti...

The College has approved a new Emergency Class Policy to describe the circumstances when the College can issue emergency...
07/24/2023

The College has approved a new Emergency Class Policy to describe the circumstances when the College can issue emergency class certificates, how the emergency will continue to be assessed, and what happens when the emergency is considered to be resolved.

Emergency Class Policy Note: This article was originally published in the Summer 2023 edition of our On Call newsletter and has not been updated. Under the Regulated Health Professions Act, 1991 (RHPA) and Registration Requirements Regulation (O. Reg. 508/22), all health professions have been mand...

ICYMI: We published our Summer 2023 newsletter earlier this month. Read for information about midwifery standards and re...
07/21/2023

ICYMI: We published our Summer 2023 newsletter earlier this month. Read for information about midwifery standards and regulation in Ontario, including practice advice, changes to regulation and legislation, and other news affecting midwifery practice.

Summer 2023 On Call Newsletter We have published the Summer 2023 edition of our quarterly On Call Newsletter. Read this edition for practice advice on accountabilities and responsibilities during transitions in care, Council election results, an update on the Registration Regulation and Emergency Cl...

At the special Council meeting held on April 26, 2023, Council reviewed the feedback received on the proposed Registrati...
07/19/2023

At the special Council meeting held on April 26, 2023, Council reviewed the feedback received on the proposed Registration Regulation following a 60-day public consultation. Read more about the Registration Regulation:

Registration Regulation Consultation Note: This article was originally published in the Summer 2023 edition of our On Call newsletter and has not been updated. At the special meeting held on April 26, 2023, Council reviewed the feedback received on the proposed Registration Regulation following a ...

Our Summer 2023 newsletter includes highlights from recent Council meetings. Read updates on June Council Training, annu...
07/17/2023

Our Summer 2023 newsletter includes highlights from recent Council meetings. Read updates on June Council Training, annual reports from committees, progress on our Operational Plan, the College's Registrar Review, and our audited financial statements:

June Council Meeting Highlights Note: This article was originally published in the Summer 2023 edition of our On Call newsletter and has not been updated. June Council Training Elizabeth Brandeis, RM, from the Association of Ontario Midwives presented to Council on the objectives and activities of...

The College continues to work towards expanded lists of the laboratory tests midwives can order and perform and the pres...
07/14/2023

The College continues to work towards expanded lists of the laboratory tests midwives can order and perform and the prescription drugs that midwives can prescribe and administer. Read more:

Prescribing Drugs and Ordering Labs Note: This article was originally published in the Summer 2023 edition of our On Call newsletter and has not been updated. The College continues to work towards expanded lists of the laboratory tests midwives can order and perform and the prescription drugs that...

Today, on the International Day of Nonbinary Peoples, we celebrate and acknowledge nonbinary midwifery clients and nonbi...
07/14/2023

Today, on the International Day of Nonbinary Peoples, we celebrate and acknowledge nonbinary midwifery clients and nonbinary midwives. The College is here as a resource for all pregnant people.

At their June meeting, Council decided to extend the Orientation and Assessment Pilot Program for two more cycles to all...
07/13/2023

At their June meeting, Council decided to extend the Orientation and Assessment Pilot Program for two more cycles to allow the collection of sufficient data before they can recommend whether the program should become the permanent route of entry for internationally educated midwives.

Orientation and Assessment Pilot Program Note: This article was originally published in the Summer 2023 edition of our On Call newsletter and has not been updated. Orientation and Assessment Pilot Program extended for two more cycles. The candidates currently enrolled in the first cycle of the Ori...

The College asks midwives disclosure questions each year during registration renewal. The responses received ensure we a...
07/12/2023

The College asks midwives disclosure questions each year during registration renewal. The responses received ensure we are aware of risks to the public & able take steps to address the concern where necessary. Read here for some helpful reminders for midwives answering these questions:

Disclosure Questions at Renewal Note: This article was originally published in the Summer 2023 edition of our On Call newsletter and has not been updated. Why does the College ask disclosure questions at renewal? One of the steps in the College’s annual renewal process is answering disclosure qu...

As midwives consider changing their registration class, whether from general to inactive or inactive to general, there i...
07/11/2023

As midwives consider changing their registration class, whether from general to inactive or inactive to general, there is some key information to keep in mind. We've put together a resource for midwives making this decision here:

Thinking About a Class Change? Note: This article was originally published in the Summer 2023 edition of our On Call newsletter and has not been updated. Before making a request for a class change, please read the important information below to see how your practice may be impacted.   There are t...

Case Scenario: A midwife is at a client’s home as the primary care provider for a planned home birth. At 15 minutes post...
07/10/2023

Case Scenario: A midwife is at a client’s home as the primary care provider for a planned home birth. At 15 minutes postpartum, the client’s bleeding begins to increase and the midwife’s assessment is that the client requires another level of care to manage the haemorrhage. After a discussion with the client, the midwife calls for an ambulance and calls the hospital to notify them of their impending arrival. The paramedics arrive within 10 minutes and begin the process of transfer to hospital.

Our most recent newsletter includes practice advice on midwives' accountabilities and responsibilities during transitions in care. Read more:

Accountabilities and Responsibilities During Transitions in Care Case Scenario  A midwife is at a client’s home as the primary care provider for a planned home birth. At 15 minutes postpartum, the client’s bleeding begins to increase and the midwife’s assessment is that the client requires an...

On Call is the College’s digital newsletter offering quick and easy-to-read information about midwifery standards and re...
07/07/2023

On Call is the College’s digital newsletter offering quick and easy-to-read information about midwifery standards and regulation in Ontario, including practice advice, changes to regulation and legislation, and other news affecting midwifery practice. Read our Summer 2023 edition here:

Summer 2023 On Call Newsletter We have published the Summer 2023 edition of our quarterly On Call Newsletter. Read this edition for practice advice on accountabilities and responsibilities during transitions in care, Council election results, an update on the Registration Regulation and Emergency Cl...

The College would like to congratulate Maryam Rahimi-Chatri, Claire Ramlogan-Salanga, and Edan Thomas on their election ...
07/06/2023

The College would like to congratulate Maryam Rahimi-Chatri, Claire Ramlogan-Salanga, and Edan Thomas on their election to Council for a three-year term commencing in October 2023. Thank you to all the midwives who voted in this important election.

We also thank Karen McKenzie for putting her name forward for election and for her thoughtful contributions to Council over the past three years.

As a self-regulated profession, midwives are involved in determining the rules that govern the profession. Council members have the opportunity to contribute to the profession by helping to ensure that the public interest is protected.

Council Election Results – 2023 The College would like to congratulate Maryam Rahimi-Chatri, Claire Ramlogan-Salanga, and Edan Thomas on their election to Council for a three-year term commencing in October 2023.  We also thank Karen McKenzie for putting her name forward for election and for her ...

Today is   and we are celebrating the cultures, languages, traditions, and current contributions of First Nations, Inuit...
06/21/2023

Today is and we are celebrating the cultures, languages, traditions, and current contributions of First Nations, Inuit, and Métis peoples. We recognize and are in support of the practice and growth of Indigenous midwifery across the province. Out of respect for the sovereignty, autonomy, and self-determination of Indigenous people, Aboriginal Midwives are able to practise without being registered with the College.

Our public consultation on the proposed new requirement in the Registration Regulation is closing on June 30. Take a loo...
06/20/2023

Our public consultation on the proposed new requirement in the Registration Regulation is closing on June 30. Take a look at our proposal and share your feedback:

Open consultationRegistration Regulation: New proposed registration requirement This consultation period will close on June 30, 2023. About this consultation: On February 3, the College launched a consultation process proposing significant changes to the Registration Regulation under the Midwifery ...

The College has posted the meeting materials for our June 27 Council meeting. As a reminder, Council meetings are always...
06/15/2023

The College has posted the meeting materials for our June 27 Council meeting. As a reminder, Council meetings are always open to the public. Contact the College at [email protected] for information on how to attend and review the Council package here:

Council Meetings Council meetings are always open to the public. Contact the College at [email protected] or 416.640.2252 for additional information about the time and location of these meetings. Please review the Guidelines for Observers prior to attending a College of Midwives of Ontario Council meeti...

During  , the College celebrates the many Indigenous midwives in Ontario who are returning birth back to communities and...
06/09/2023

During , the College celebrates the many Indigenous midwives in Ontario who are returning birth back to communities and protecting their cultural practices.

Wishing a very happy Pride Month to all 2SLGBTQIA+ Ontarians. We're celebrating 2SLGBTQIA+ midwifery clients and familie...
06/06/2023

Wishing a very happy Pride Month to all 2SLGBTQIA+ Ontarians. We're celebrating 2SLGBTQIA+ midwifery clients and families, and the midwives that provide their care.

The College of Midwives of Ontario is holding elections to fill three vacancies for professional member positions. Midwi...
06/01/2023

The College of Midwives of Ontario is holding elections to fill three vacancies for professional member positions. Midwives can cast their ballot from today to June 30, 2023 - find out more:

Elections Launch Today The College of Midwives of Ontario will be holding Council elections from June 1, 2023, to June 30, 2023, to fill three vacancies for professional member positions. Four candidates have put their names forward for election. Each term consists of a duration of three years.  Th...

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