At the October Council meeting, Council decided to rescind the Practice Assessment Workbook (PAW) and the PAW Policies and Procedures document. As a result of this decision, the College will no longer randomly select members to complete the PAW and all PAW materials have been removed from the website. QAP reporting 2016-2017 is now open
Members are reminded to use the Member Portal to update their information on file with the College, including contact information, practice location(s), hospital and birth centre privileges and certifications. In accordance with Article of 14.06 of the College’s General By-law, members are required to inform the College of any change in information as noted below. Updating one’s information via the Member Portal would constitute having informed the College.
Current registration wallet-cards are now available for download through the Member Portal for the registration year ending September 30, 2017, for those members who submitted a complete renewal application to the College. Those members that did not submit a complete renewal application to the College have been notified by mail, and will only have access to a current registration wallet-card once any renewal issue has been resolved.
Infection prevention and control (IPAC) is a daily part of midwifery practice in all settings – clinic, hospital, and community, including homes. Attention to IPAC is a key area for discussion in the midwifery community and a number of new resources are available that are applicable to midwifery practice.
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.