A midwife is a primary health care provider and a regulated health professional. Membership with the Midwifery Regulatory Council of Nova Scotia comes with professional responsibilities, which are set out in the Midwifery Act, and in other provincial legislation and regulations. The Council also creates policies and standards of practice that govern midwifery.
Frequently Asked Questions
Standards provide a framework that a midwife’s practice may be evaluated to ensure that it is consistent with competent, safe, responsible and ethical midwifery practice.
The role of the College, its authority and powers are set out in the the Midwifery Act, and the Council’s regulations.
Policies are approved by the Council to guide the professional knowledge, skills and judgment needed to practice midwifery safely in Nova Scotia.
The Midwifery Act authorizes the Council’s Board to make by-laws relating to administrative duties of the Council. The Council’s by-laws are the rules that govern how the College operates.
The midwifery education program is a four‑year baccalaureate program. There are currently seven midwifery education programs available in Canada.
To practice midwifery in the process of Nova Scotia, you must be registered with the Council.
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