Policies

Policies are approved by the Council to guide the professional knowledge, skills and judgment needed to practice midwifery safely in Nova Scotia.

As defined in the Midwifery Act, the scope of midwifery practice includes the provision of care during normal labour and birth in out-of-hospital as well as hospital settings.

Policy on display of certificate of registration

Policy for approving new MEP programs

Council members shall at all times act in compliance with Council By-Laws.

When there has been a finding of professional misconduct pursuant to the
Midwifery Act, a summary of the finding will be published on the Council’s
website.

Policy on independent and private midwifery practice

All Nova Scotia Health Authority/IWK sites where midwifery services are offered must have formal arrangements in place for transport of the woman and/or newborn from home birth to hospital when needed.

Policy on competency assessment and bridging programs

Guidelines for the use of social media

As set out in the Midwifery Regulatory Council of Nova Scotia (MRCNS) Policy on Out-of Hospital Birth, the standards for home birth include the attendance of two registered midwives.

Guidelines for prescribing, ordering and administering drugs

A midwife who is issued an active-practising (clinical) or provisional (clinical) licence in Nova Scotia, who has not previously practised as a registered midwife in a regulated Canadian jurisdiction, will be considered a new registrant for the first year of licensure.