Midwives in British Columbia offer primary health care to healthy pregnant women and their newborn babies from early pregnancy, through labour and birth, and up to six weeks postpartum.
Midwifery services are an insured benefit under the BC Midwifery Program for eligible residents of British Columbia enrolled with the Medical Services Plan (MSP). Midwifery services are funded by the Ministry of Health.
In accordance with the Laboratory Services Regulation, a midwife is a referring practitioner if they are enrolled as a practitioner under section 13 of the Medicare Protection Act and they are a registrant of the College of Midwives of British Columbia and authorized to use the title “midwife”.
Midwives may refer beneficiaries to an approved laboratory facility for prescribed fee-for-service (FFS) outpatient laboratory services (benefits) listed in the Midwives Laboratory Services Referral Schedule, provided the service falls within their scope of practice. There are approximately 90 FFS laboratory tests that Midwives may request directly for their patients (beneficiaries). Midwives may also refer for other non-FFS laboratory services within their scope of practice.