Health and Community Services
April 28, 2016

Protecting Health and Well-Being

Provincial Government Announces New Regulations for Midwifery in Newfoundland and Labrador

The Honourable John Haggie, Minister of Health and Community Services, today announced the introduction of new regulations governing the practice of midwifery in Newfoundland and Labrador.

"These new regulations will facilitate the safe and responsible governance of midwifery in our province. Recognizing midwifery as a health care profession is a very important part of that process, and these new regulations achieve this by outlining exactly what is required to practise here in Newfoundland and Labrador. We have developed the new regulations based on national standards and in close consultation with stakeholders both provincially and from across the country."
- The Honourable John Haggie, Minister of Health and Community Services

The Midwives Regulations will come into force on September 30, 2016 under the Health Professions Act. Today's announcement is to provide advance notice of the new registration requirements to stakeholders, including those currently practising as midwives and expectant mothers.

The new regulations outline educational, exam and other certification requirements to ensure that as of September 30, all practising midwives have the appropriate training and qualifications to ensure the protection of all involved. The Midwives Regulations represent a necessary first step as the Provincial Government continues to work with midwives and other health care professionals to implement regulated midwifery in Newfoundland and Labrador.

A comprehensive list of stakeholders was consulted throughout the drafting of the regulations, including practising midwives from across Canada, midwifery educators, the Newfoundland and Labrador Council of Health Professionals and the Association of Midwives of Newfoundland and Labrador.

"On behalf of the Association of Midwives of Newfoundland and Labrador, I am proud to see the result of our combined efforts in these new regulations. We have been working for a number of years to achieve the regulation of midwives in the province and we look forward to our continued positive working relationship with the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador."
- Ann Noseworthy, President, Association of Midwives of Newfoundland and Labrador

The new Midwives Regulations can be viewed here: www.releases.gov.nl.ca/2016/health/0428n03_regs.pdf PDF Icon

QUICK FACTS

  • The Provincial Government has announced the introduction of new regulations governing the practice of midwifery in Newfoundland and Labrador.
  • The Midwives Regulations will come into force on September 30, 2016 under the Health Professions Act.
  • The new regulations outline educational, exam and other certification requirements to ensure that as of September 30, all practising midwives will have the appropriate training and qualifications to ensure protection of all involved.
  • The new Midwives Regulations can be viewed at: www.releases.gov.nl.ca/2016/health/0428n03_regs.pdf PDF Icon

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Media contacts:

Tina Williams
Director of Communications
Department of Health and Community Services
709-729-1377, 728-2837
tinawilliams@gov.nl.ca
Ann Noseworthy
Association of Midwives of Newfoundland and Labrador
709-693-7498
ann.noseworthy@gmail.com

2016 04 28                              2:05 p.m.