Midwives provide care to all residents of Ontario regardless of their OHIP or immigration status. Clients who are residents of Ontario are entitled to midwifery services and Midwifery Practice Groups are paid for this care. Midwifery Practice Groups are now able to access funding for the necessary lab services and other care related to pregnancy for uninsured clients. These tests include: referrals for anaesthetic, obstetric and other physician care, surgical assist (for caesarean section), lab work (including prenatal genetic testing), and ultrasound.
Social media such as Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, blogs and websites can be effective tools for midwives to connect professionally with clients, colleagues, and the public. However, their highly accessible nature can pose risks to midwives’ professional obligations, including maintaining appropriate boundaries and safeguarding client privacy.
As electronic communication is frequently used in the practise of midwifery, there are important safeguards midwives should consider implementing to minimize risks of breaching client privacy and/or failing to meet standards of practice. The following are some suggestions:
The College has long sought to make changes to legislation and regulations to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of its programs. This is in response to best practices in regulation, removing barriers to the delivery of safe and quality midwifery care, and improvement of the client experience in the health care system
The College’s Registration Regulation requires members to maintain ongoing competence in three areas: Neonatal Resuscitation, Obstetrical Emergency Skills and Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation. Previously, the requirements for these were outlined in three separate policies, and now have been merged into one revised policy in order to make the information more accessible.