As midwives know, setting and maintaining high professional standards is fundamental to public protection and public confidence in the midwifery profession. At the College, we need to ensure that our standards of practice clearly set out the high standards we expect of all midwives. This led us to develop the new Professional Standards for Midwives (Professional Standards), which were approved by Council on March 21st.
The CMO’s Consultation and Transfer of Care Standard (CTCS) has been revised to clarify the management and treatment of newborn hyperbilirubinemia. College Council passed the motion to change the CTCS consultation from hyperbilirubinemia requiring medical treatment to hyperbilirubinemia unresponsive to phototherapy.
Changes have been made to the Health Professions Procedural Code of the RHPA regarding mandatory reporting obligations for health professionals. There are now more circumstances where a registered midwife is required to report to the College regarding the competency, conduct or capacity of a partner or associate midwife.