The College made a submission to the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care in January 2018, formally requesting that midwives be given the authority to order laboratory tests and prescribe drugs according to the midwifery scope of practice rather than according to the current list structure. The changes we proposed are to the Laboratories Regulation (R.R.O. 1990, Regulation 682) and the Designated Drugs Regulation (Ontario Regulation 884/93). You can read more about the submission here.
The Ministry reviewed our initial submission, requested some more information, and asked that we survey the membership. We have now responded to the Ministry’s requests. You can read our response to the Ministry’s questions here.
Earlier this summer, we surveyed midwives to inform the next stage of the College’s submission. Thanks to the 212 midwives who filled out the survey, we were able to submit additional information to the Ministry. You can click here to see the results of the survey taken by midwives.
We will continue to inform midwives and the public about the status of this submission.