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Protected Title: Midwife (2020)

The B.C. Appeal Court has overturned a lower court ruling that had granted a woman the right to use the term “death midwife” when she argued that preventing her from using it violated her charter rights. A three-member Appeal Court panel unanimously overturned the decision and granted an injunction to the College of Midwives of BC (now the BC College of Nurses and Midwives) preventing her from using the title, saying the issue is mostly commercial and the argument that her rights were violated was tenuous. The Court quoted the following rationale for title protection provisions: “Reserved titles afford a means for consumers to identify the different types of health care providers, to distinguish the qualified from the unqualified, and to differentiate those practitioners who are regulated from those who are not.” Midwives and midwifery regulatory colleges across Canada are pleased with this decision, which reaffirms that reserved titles are for the exclusive use of registrants of regulatory colleges and are central to public protection.

Virtual Board meeting October 2020

In late October, the CMRC Board held its “in person” meeting virtually. Board members regretted not being able to meet as planned in Charlottetown, however the pandemic prevented that.

The Board made progress on a number of important items, including the midwifery competencies, midwifery education program accreditation, midwife self-assessment and CMRC position statements.

CMRC members welcomed Virginia Gillmore, member representative from the Midwifery Council of New Brunswick, who replaces Debbie Harding. And members said goodbye to Johanne Côté from l’Ordre des sages-femmes du Québec, who will be replaced by Julie Morin.

CMRC Board Meeting October 2019

CMRC members bet in Quebec City, QC in October 2019 for a 2-day meeting. Much progress was made on CMRC’s operational plan, position statements, competency update and other provincial/territorial reports. Participants are shown here.

CMRC Board