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

List of required equipment and supplies for home birth setting.

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 independent and private midwifery practice

As primary care providers, midwives are fully responsible for clinical assessment, planning of care and decision-making together with their clients during pregnancy, birth, and the postpartum period.

The midwife promotes informed choice throughout the childbearing experience.

Policy on liability insurance

Policy for approving Canadian Midwifery Education Programs.

In the Midwifery Act and Regulations, one of the prerequisites to active-practising licensure is graduation from an approved Canadian university midwifery education program.

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.

Policy on non-clinical licensure. In Nova Scotia, the practice of midwifery as defined in section 2 (i) of the Midwifery Act includes the non-clinical activities of research, education, consultation, management, administration, regulation, policy or system development related to midwifery.

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.

Registered Midwives must obtain specialised training from a MRCNS approved course for inserting intrauterine contraception (IUC).