The College maintains a public register, or directory, of every midwife that has been registered with the College since we registered the first midwife in 1994.
We cannot recommend a midwife to you or help you find a midwife. However, if you are seeking the services of a midwife, you may consider contacting one of the following organizations:
The Association of Ontario Midwives can provide information on where midwifery services are located in Ontario. You may contact them at the following address:
Association of Ontario Midwives
365 Bloor Street East, Suite 800
Toll-free in Ontario: 1.866.418.3773
Web site: www.aom.on.ca
The National Council of Indigenous Midwives works to support choice and strong reproductive health care for Indigenous people and their communities.
What information will you find in the directory?
The searchable Midwife Directory will provide you with information about registered Ontario midwives, including their practice information, registration information and conduct information, if relevant, to assist you in deciding whom to choose for your care.
- A midwife’s full name, any change to the midwife’s name from the date of initial registration, and any common names and abbreviations that the midwife uses in their place of practice.
- Current and past practice location, business address, and business telephone number.
- A midwife’s position at the midwifery practice
- The name of every health profession corporation of which a midwife is a shareholder.
- Information regarding hospital, birth centre, or health facility privileges held by a midwife, and any revocations, suspensions, or restriction of privileges with a hospital, birth centre, or health facility in Ontario reported to the College.
- If a midwife or former midwife is deceased, the date upon which they died.
- Registration number, registration status, class of registration, and initial registration date with the College, and if applicable, the date on which each was terminated or expired.
- A notation of every suspension or revocation of a midwife’s certificate of registration and a certificate of authorization.
- If the midwife resigned, a notation to that effect and the date that the resignation occurred.
- The terms, conditions and limitations that are in effect on each certificate of registration.
- Information regarding a midwife’s alternate practice arrangements.
- A summary of a midwife’s registration history with the College or other regulators inside and outside of Ontario.
- Oral cautions issued to a midwife by a panel of the Inquiries,
- Complaints & Reports Committee on or after March 1, 2016. As of June 13, 2018, the date the midwife received the caution.
- Written cautions issued to a midwife by a panel of the Inquiries, Complaints & Reports Committee on or after March 1, 2016.
- Specified Continuing Education or Remediation Programs that include a monitoring component required by a panel of the Inquiries, Complaints & Reports Committee on or after March 1, 2016. As of May 30, 2017, All Specified Continuing Education or Remediation Programs required by a panel of the Inquiries, Complaints & Reports Committee. As of June 13, 2018, the date the midwife completed the Specified Continuing Education or Remediation Program.
- Interim orders, including the nature of the order and the date that they took effect.
- Undertakings to resign and never re-apply to practise midwifery in Ontario
- Resignations while under investigation.
- Any acknowledgment and undertakings in relation to matters before the Inquiries, Complaints & Reports Committee or the Discipline Committee that a midwife has entered with the College and that are in effect.
- Referrals to the Discipline Committee, including the date of the referral, the specified allegations, and the notice of hearing and its status.
- Every result of a disciplinary or incapacity proceeding.
- A summary of the decision of the Discipline Committee.
- A notation of every matter and a copy of the specified allegations against the midwife for every matter that has been referred by the Inquiries, Complaints & Reports Committee to the Discipline Committee and that has not been finally resolved.
- Referrals to the Fitness to Practise Committee, including the date of the referral.
- A notation of an application for reinstatement referred to the Discipline Committee.
- Registration history with another regulatory body in any profession inside and outside of Ontario.
- Any finding of professional misconduct, incompetence or incapacity made against a midwife inside and outside of Ontario.
- Any restriction imposed on a midwife’s certificate of registration by another regulatory body, inside and outside of Ontario.
- A notation of every finding of professional negligence or malpractice made against the member, unless the finding is reversed on appeal.
- A criminal finding of guilt or a finding of guilt under the Health Insurance Act, or the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act made against a midwife and reported by the midwife on or after March 1, 2016. A finding of guilt made by a court against the midwife on or after June 13, 2018 in relation to any provincial or federal offence, which in the opinion of the Registrar is relevant to the suitability to practise.
- A criminal charge or charge under the Health Insurance Act, or the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act laid against a midwife on or after March 1, 2016. A charge laid against the midwife on or after June 13, 2018 in relation to any provincial or federal offence, which in the opinion of the Registrar is relevant to the suitability to practise.
- Summary of any currently existing conditions and restrictions imposed by a court or other lawful authority on or after March 2016.
In certain cases, the Registrar may refuse to disclose information available to the public if the Registrar has reasonable grounds to believe the information is obsolete and no longer relevant to a midwife’s suitability to practise. Additionally, information may be withheld if it may jeopardize the safety of an individual. You can learn more about the Registrar’s discretion in these instances in the College’s Guide on Removing & Withholding Information Under s. 23 of the Code.
If you cannot find your midwife’s name in the public register or suspect that someone you’re dealing with as a midwife is not registered with the College, please contact us immediately at 416.640.2252 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Unauthorized or Illegal Practice
Only midwives registered with the College of Midwives of Ontario are authorized to use the title “midwife” or any variation of that title in Ontario. In addition, people who are not registered midwives are not authorized to present themselves as midwives.
The only exception is Indigenous persons who provide traditional midwifery services. They may use the title “Aboriginal midwife” or a variation, abbreviation, or equivalent in another language. They are authorized to present themselves as qualified to practise in Ontario as an Aboriginal midwife.
Anyone outside of the exception described above may be operating an unauthorized practice and should be reported to the College.
There is a risk of harm provision in the Regulated Health Professions Act, 1991, that sets out that no person other than a midwife or other regulated health professional treating or advising a person within the scope of practice of their profession, can treat or advise a person with respect to their health in circumstances in which it is reasonably foreseeable that serious bodily harm may result from the treatment or advice or from an omission from them.
An illegal practitioner is an individual that has been prosecuted under the Midwifery Act, 1991, the Regulated Health Professions Act, 1991, or the Provincial Offences Act, 1990.
Process for Addressing Unauthorized or Illegal Practice
The College takes unauthorized and illegal practices very seriously and works to address these instances as quickly as possible to ensure the public remains confident in receiving a high standard of care from qualified midwives.
The infographic below shows the process we follow, starting with a cease and desist letter to the individual operating an unauthorized practice. If the individual complies, there is no further action taken and their details will not be posted.
In instances of an unauthorized practice where the individual fails to comply, we follow up by seeking an injunction and post the individual’s name and location on our website. Where the injunction is denied, the name and location is removed. When the injunction is granted, the name and location remain public in the listing below.
The following individuals have been, or are in the process of being prosecuted:
Susan Columbia-Rains – Huntsville/Bracebridge
How to Report an Unauthorized or Illegal Midwifery Practice
The College encourages members of the public to use the College’s Midwife Directory to verify membership status.
If you are unable to find your midwife’s name on the public register or want to speak to someone about unauthorized or illegal practice, please contact us immediately by phone at 416.640.2252 or by email email@example.com.