Author Archives: Louise Aerts

Standard Outpatient Laboratory Requisition for Maternity Care

The Ministry of Health has approved the Standard Outpatient Laboratory Requisition for Maternity Care in accordance with the Laboratory Services Act Record of Decision # LSA2017-036. The form, HLTH 1935 2017/09/19, was approved on December 1st, 2017, and must be implemented by all maternity care providers no later than May 31st, 2018.  Please do not use the outdated Standard Outpatient Laboratory Requisitions for Midwives after May 31st, 2018.

The form can be found here

Queries about these changes may be directed, via email, to the Ministry of Health Laboratory, Diagnostic, and Blood Services Branch at: LabServices@gov.bc.ca.

 

November 2017 Newsletter Published

CMBC has published the November 2017 Newsletter! You can view it here: NOVEMBER NEWSLETTER

In this newsletter you will find insight into the launch of the new Policy on Alternate Practice Arrangements, CMBC’s holiday closure dates, more information on how to meet CMBC’s new CPD requirements, an interview with RM Fallon Cooper on STI Specialized Practice Certification and more!

August 2017 Newsletter Published

CMBC has published the August 2017 Newsletter! You can view it here: AUGUST NEWSLETTER

In this newsletter you will find a note from the registrar, consequences of ordering tests outside of scope, checklist for unattended births, random review of peer case review logs, information on the 2017 AGM, FNHA blanket ceremony, pap smears update, CPD news and more!

April 2017 Newsletter Published

CMBC has published the April 2017 Newsletter! You can view it here: APRIL NEWSLETTER

In this newsletter you will find an update from the registrar, information on BC’s Newborn Screening Program, guidelines for texting with clients, a Q&A on Fluconazole, a report on the Declaration of Commitment to Aboriginal People, a call for committee and panel members and more!

Registered Midwives New Prescribing Authority effective April 1, 2017

Effective April 1, 2017, Registered Midwives who hold a “General” or “Temporary” class of registration with the College of Midwives of British Columbia (CMBC) are allowed to independently prescribe, order and administer opioids for pain relief in labour and/or the postpartum period, and benzodiazepines for therapeutic rest in prodromal labour or short term management of excessive anxiety in the postpartum period. Full details regarding the Standards, Limits and Conditions for Prescribing, Ordering and Administering Controlled Substances can be found here.

Registered midwives who hold a “Conditional (Return to Practice)” class of registration may be restricted from prescribing, ordering and administering opioids and benzodiazepines on their own authority until their registration class is changed to “General” or “Temporary” registration. Please check the CMBC Register to confirm the class of registration of a midwife and any terms, limits and conditions on the midwife’s license if in doubt.

If you have any questions, please contact CMBC Registrar & Executive Director, Louise Aerts, at registrar@cmbc.bc.ca.

Amended Regulations and Bylaws

On November 24, 2016, Terry Lake, Minister of Health, signed a ministerial order to amend the Midwives Regulation. The amendment allows certified midwives in BC to independently prescribe, order and administer opioids for pain relief in labour and/or the postpartum period, and benzodiazepines for therapeutic rest in prodromal labour or short term management of excessive anxiety in the postpartum period. A copy of the amended Midwives Regulation can be found here.

CMBC’s Board then approved bylaw changes that would integrate these amendments into the College’s registration, quality assurance and inquiry process. The Board also took this opportunity to do a significant review of the bylaws and made substantive changes which can be found here. These bylaws came in force on April 1, 2017. Please stay tuned for future announcements regarding the new bylaws and how the changes affect our registrants.

Holiday Closure

Please note that CMBC’s office will close on Monday, December 26th and reopen on January 2nd, 2017.

For emergencies, please contact Louise Aerts at registrar at cmbc.bc.ca

Happy Holidays!