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New Registered Midwife membership information

In this section, newly graduated midwifery students or experienced midwives relocating to British Columbia, can find information on membership registration with the Midwives Association of B.C. (MABC) as a new B.C. Registered Midwife. 

To start, please find important information about the MABC below:

Purpose of the Association: The Midwives Association of British Columbia (MABC) is the professional association for midwives in B.C. and is registered under the Societies Act. Our key areas of activity include: negotiating the Midwifery Services Contract with the Ministry of Health, administrating the Midwives Protection Program (MPP) the province's professional liability insurance program, and promoting the profession of midwifery to the general public, consumers, and healthcare providers. The MABC also administers various programs such as the MABC Benefits Group Plan and provides educational opportunities for members.

For more information, please refer to the About us section.

MABC and the Ministry of Health (MOH): The Midwifery Master Agreement (MMA) and any subsidiary agreements are negotiated between the MABC and the MOH every three to five years. MABC representatives at the table include the MABC executive, the CEO and a professional negotiator. Consultations with the membership occur before and during negotiations, and voting members are asked to ratify the agreement. The negotiation team seeks ongoing feedback and direction from the Board of Directors.

The Midwifery Agreements and Payment Schedule can be found on the Ministry of Health website here and are the most recent agreements between the MABC and the MOH.

MABC and the B.C. College of Nurses and Midwives (BCCNM):  The MABC and the BCCNM are 2 organizations that help to safeguard the public and the profession of midwifery, and each play a distinct role:

The MABC promotes the profession of Midwifery, by increasing public awareness, advocating for the enhancement of services that midwives can provide, provide continuing education as well as professional services such as liability insurance to its members. The MABC also negotiates with the government to improve compensation and working conditions for midwives.

The BCCNM has the legal obligation to protect the public by ensuring that midwives in B.C. meet all standards of practice to deliver safe, ethical and effective care. In B.C., the practice of midwifery is regulated by the BCCNM.

For more information on the BCCNM's mandate, please refer to their website here.


Insurance

Insurance is one of the MABC’s main service delivery areas.  Proper compliance with insurance requirements is a key component to practicing as a registered midwife in B.C.

The MABC administers and oversees the following key risk management areas:

Professional Liability Insurance: The MABC administers the malpractice insurance program “Midwives Protection Program” (MPP) on behalf of the Risk Management Branch of the Ministry of Finance. We ensure that all practicing midwives are covered under MPP while practicing in B.C.

Obtaining professional liability insurance from the MABC is one of the requirements in the registration process outlined by BCCNM. To find the fees according to the registration categories, please refer to the Membership fee schedule

Commercial General Liability (CGL): In addition to MPP liability insurance, and in compliance with the Midwifery Preamble and Payment Schedule, each registered midwife in B.C. is required to carry comprehensive CGL insurance. 

CGL is notably different from Professional Liability Insurance with MPP.  Professional Liability covers midwives’ liability exposure for loss or injury caused because of the rendering (or the failure to render) professional services. CGL insurance is designed to protect midwives’ business in the event a lawsuit is brought against a midwife and they are found legally liable. CGL will also cover defense costs.

CGL coverage is available through various insurance companies. New registrants may choose any CGL insurance provider they like, as long as the coverage meets the minimum requirements of:

  • $2,000,000 in commercial general liability.
  • CGL coverage for all practice locations i.e., clinic, hospital, client home.

For more information, please refer to our Policy on CGL.


Benefits of MABC Membership

Benefits Group Plan: The MABC offers a blend of Life, Long Term Disability, Critical Illness insurances and an additional Extended Health and Dental Plan designed to supplement coverage provided by government programs in order to ensure the physical and mental health and offer a financial safety net for midwives in B.C. 

For more information, please refer to the MABC Benefits Plan Internal Policy.

Employee and Family Assistance Program (EFAP): The EFAP is a short-term counselling and referral service available at no cost throughout B.C. to MABC registered midwives and their immediate family members.

For a full list of the Benefits of MABC membership, please click here.


MABC Registration and Membership Dues

To be registered as a practicing midwife in B.C., you must be registered with BCCNM and with the MABC.

As part of the BCCNM registration process, new or returning practicing registrants are requested to secure professional liability insurance coverage by contacting the MABC.  This can be done by completing an MABC online application for new membership and payment 2 weeks prior to your anticipated start date.

MABC Membership Dues:

Universal Dues: The MABC membership dues are 2.9% on all midwifery gross billings. Dues collected by the association are utilized for operational expenses as is the case with any professional organization. In addition to dues collected from members, the association’s administrative and program related costs are subsidized by external funding that the MABC negotiates with the Ministry of Health. The dues are automatically deducted by the Medical Services Plan (MSP) from all midwifery billing claims. After MABC receives the Universal Dues Consent form, there is a waiting period for the MSP billing number to be issued. Once a midwife begins billing for midwifery services, MABC membership Dues will then be deducted by MSP and automatically deposited in a designated MABC bank account. If universal dues are not deducted by MSP, the MABC will invoice members for their Universal Dues.  

MPP, Non-Practicing Membership Dues and Administrative Fees: Please refer to the Membership Fee Schedule for details.

MABC Registration steps:

After completing your MABC new applicant form and payment, the MABC will await for BCCNM's request for confirmation of MPP coverage.   Once the BCCNM has received confirmation from MABC, the registration process will be finalized and BCCNM will issue a memo confirming the registration of the new applicant as a Registered Midwife in B.C. 

Once the MABC receives confirmation of BCCNM registration, new registrants will receive a welcome email that will allow them access to the members’ only dedicated area of the MABC website. 

At the same time, the MABC will provide your certificate of professional liability insurance coverage to the credentialing coordinator of the hospital that you had indicated on your enrolment application under “Hospital Privileges Information”.

Please note that the MABC will not be issuing certificates of malpractice insurance coverage prior to the MABC receiving registration confirmation from BCCNM.  Completion of the MABC registration application and payment is not sufficient.

Applications for new MABC membership and payments that are not confirmed by BCCNM will be canceled and a cancelation fee of $25 applied.


FAQ

I am a current MABC student member, do I need to re-submit an application?

Yes.

I am a former MABC member wanting to re-instate my membership.  Do I need to re-submit an application?

Yes.  Please note that being in the process of re-registration with BCCNM or being a current Non-Practicing Midwife BCCNM registrant is required to be eligible for an MABC membership.

How do I complete my application for MSP billing number?  Do I need to complete this step before I complete my application for MABC membership?

First, you require to complete your MABC membership registration for BCCNM to approve your registration in B.C. as a RM.  Once you have been confirmed registered, BCCNM will issue your registration number.   You require this number to apply for your MSP billing number.  More information on how to apply for MSP billing number here

Should I do anything to connect MABC and BCCNM to process my registration application?

No.  The BCCNM and the MABC have an internal procedure in place to confirm that the new B.C. registrant has completed their payment for MPP coverage. 

I need to obtain hospital privileges prior to my first day of clinic practice.  What date should I request for my BCCNM registration effective start date?

Please note that MABC can only issue certificates of MPP coverage required for hospital credentialing processing once the new B.C. registrant has been confirmed by BCCNM.   If you are required to secure hospital privileges prior to your first day in clinic, we recommend that you connect with the hospital credentialing department to enquire about the steps and timing of the privileging process.  Throughout B.C., the privileging process varies between different health authorities and hospitals, so we recommend taking this into consideration before completing your BCCNM registration application.

I am a new BCCNM registrant who is first registering as a Non-Practicing midwife.  Do I need to become an MABC member?

MABC membership is optional for Non-Practicing BCCNM registrants.  To find a list of the benefits of Non-Practicing MABC membership, click here.

If I am first registering as a Non-Practicing member, do I need to submit proof of CGL with my online application?

No.  The CGL coverage requirement is only for Practicing, Practicing (w/o intra-partum care) & Provisional midwives.

If you have already reviewed the information above and would like to request the link to the MABC online application be emailed to you, please complete the request form below, and we will reply as soon as possible.

I am a
 Graduate from a BCCNM-recognized midwifery education program
 Inter-Provincial registrant
 Former BC midwife wanting to reinstate my membership
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Of course, we are here to personally assist members with any queries or concerns. For any registration-related issues, please email the Registration Manager, Patricia Alcantara at registration@bcmidwives.com or phone the MABC office: 604-736-5976