The College’s revised Second Birth Attendant Standard came into effect on September 1, 2022 and sets out the requirements for…
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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.
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.
The Second Birth Attendant standard sets out the College’s expectations for non-midwife attendants who provide intrapartum and postpartum care in the role of a second midwife. Currently, the College’s Second Birth Attendant standard applies only to midwifery practices in Alternate Practice Arrangements (APA 2) that grants “permission” to work below the College’s Model of Care standard that requires the attendance of two midwives at every birth.
All practices with an APA type 2 should have received an email from the College of Midwives of Ontario in January of this year, advising that renewal of APA type 2s was extended to December 31st, 2017. This update is to let you know that if you currently have an APA type 2 with the College of Midwives of Ontario, you are not required to renew.