All midwives are required to be up-to-date with their registration, Active Practice Reports, and Quality Assurance Program (QAP) Requirements. The period for renewal and for submitting reports starts August 1, and continues to October 1, 2018.
We are pleased to share our July 2018 edition of our On Call Newsletter. This edition covers Council decisions around the Fee & Remuneration By-law and General By-law, shares information about open public consultations, changes to the College’s Sexual Abuse Prevention Policy, impacts of Bill 87, and responds to questions about the revised Second Birth Attendant Standard.
The midwife-client relationship is based on trust, with clients expecting a midwife who is highly skilled and knowledgeable. The majority of midwives in Ontario meet all of the College’s high standards, and it is our job as regulators to ensure families can trust that their midwife will provide safe and excellent care at all times. Sexual abuse by a midwife violates that trust and is never acceptable. The College has zero tolerance for sexual abuse and has the responsibility to investigate all complaints.
On June 1, 2018, the Professional Standards came into effect, and the requirement for two midwives at a birth was replaced by the requirement of either two midwives or one midwife and a second birth attendant. For this reason, we revised the College’s Second Birth Attendant Standard to better define the expectations for midwives who work with second birth attendants.
At its June meeting, the College of Midwives of Ontario Council voted to amend the Fees and Remuneration By-law. Fees will be increased to $2150 for general class of registration and $1075 for inactive class of registration, effective for this year’s renewal. Following this year’s increase, fees will then go up with inflation, at 2% per year.
New changes from the Protecting Patients Act, 2017 came into effect in May 2018, and affect midwives’ mandatory reporting obligations, financial resources that are available related to sexual abuse complaints, and the College’s By-law.
The College’s Alternate Practice Arrangement (APA) program is no longer in place. See here for information on what has replaced our APA Type 1 and Type 2 programs.
The deadline to complete the College’s Quality Assurance Program (QAP) requirements is October 1, 2018. You can log on to the member portal today to stay up-to-date with your QAP requirements.
The new Professional Standards for Midwives came into effect on June 1, 2018. Members are now required to practise according to the new standards. You can review the new Professional Standards here, and download a PDF of the Professional Standards here. You can find all current College standards of practice here on our website, as well as archived standards.
The College is committed to fairness and transparency, and this commitment is why we post our decision making tools online. The Quality Assurance Program (QAP) Non-Compliance Decision Making Tool was posted on our Decision Making Tools and Strategic Documents web page to allow members to understand the framework guiding QAP non-compliance decisions. The tool guides Quality Assurance Committee panels in their evaluation of a member’s demonstrated accountability to the QAP and ensures a transparent, consistent, and fair process.