About

Mission

The mission of the Council is to ensure that women and their families in Nova Scotia receive a high standard of midwifery care.

Mandate

The mandate and legislated duty of the Midwifery Regulatory Council of Nova Scotia is to serve and protect the public interest by regulating the practice of midwifery. The Council registers qualified, competent midwives to provide safe, high quality care to women and their families in Nova Scotia. The Council is mandated to protect the public by ensuring that all registrants engaged in clinical midwifery practice are safe, competent and ethical practitioners.

About The Council

The Midwifery Regulatory Council of Nova Scotia was established in 2009 and is the only regulator of midwives in the province of Nova Scotia. We ensure midwives meet the highest standards through: 

  • regulating the practice of midwifery in accordance with the registration, licensing and professional conduct processes set out in this Act and the regulations
  • establishing, maintaining and promoting standards of midwifery practice
  • approving and promoting our code of ethics
  • registering midwives and overseeing complaints
  • approving midwifery educational programs and exams

In the province of Nova Scotia, registered midwives are integrated within the health system and are employed by the Regional Health Authorities. We regulate midwives who work in the IWK hospital in Halifax, the Fisherman’s Hospital in Lunenburg and St. Margaret’s Hospital in Antigonish. Within our one urban and two rural settings, midwives work collaboratively with other health professionals both within clinics and the community as a whole to provide home visits and support home births. Midwifery services are completely covered by the provincial health plan (MSI) in Nova Scotia and clients do not pay for care.

In order to use the title “Midwife” in their professional work or activities in the province of Nova Scotia, all midwives must be registered by the Midwifery Regulatory Council. All midwives follow the same professional principles and standards of practice, and the Council provides guidance to help them do so. 

The Midwifery Regulatory Council of Nova Scotia currently employs a Registrar/Executive Director who is responsible for overseeing the daily operations, for leading the Council in fulfilling the statutory responsibilities set out in the Midwifery Act, and for implementing strategic goals as directed by the Council.

The Board of Directors of The Council 

The Council is overseen by a Board of Directors. The Midwifery Act gives the Council the authority to develop regulations, by-laws and standards of practice that establish obligations for its members (e.g. registration requirements, quality assurance programs) and implement a minimum level of required performance and expected behaviour.

The Board of Directors of the Midwifery Regulatory Council is comprised of three midwives recommended by the Nova Scotia Association of Midwives; a registered nurse recommended by the College of Registered Nurses of Nova Scotia; a physician recommended by the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Nova Scotia; and up to three public individuals who are not members of a health profession. If you are interested in becoming a member of our busy Board of Directors, you can apply here https://novascotia.ca/exec_council/abc/.

We are an active member of the Canadian Midwifery Regulators Council – https://cmrc-ccosf.ca/