In British Columbia, the practice of midwifery is regulated by the BC College of Nurses and Midwives (BCCNM).
The BCCNM has the legal obligation to protect the public by ensuring that midwives in BC meet all standards of practice to deliver safe, competent, ethical and effective care.
In order to practice midwifery in BC, registration with the BCCNM is required. The entry to practice is a university degree in midwifery or equivalent from a recognized program of study.
To learn more about the mission and mandate of the BCCNM, visit their website.
It is illegal to practice midwifery in BC without a license from the BCCNM. The title “midwife” is reserved for exclusive use by registrants of the BCCNM. In some communities where registered midwives are not available, other people may offer services, including attendance at home births – this is considered illegal. You can ensure your midwife is licensed by checking the BCCNM’s registry.