CODE OF ETHICS FOR MIDWIVES IN SASKATCHEWAN

Whereas, The Saskatchewan College of Midwives has been established to protect the
public by ensuring safe, accountable midwifery in Saskatchewan, the adoption of a code
of ethics is one way of achieving that goal.

Whereas, the observance of ethical standards increases respect and trust for midwifery,
by both current and future practitioners as well as the community served.

  1. Midwives shall practice midwifery in accordance with The Midwifery Act, regulations
    pursuant to The Midwifery Act, the regulatory bylaws and policies of the
    Saskatchewan College of Midwives and other relevant laws and regulations.
  2. Each registered midwife shall at all times act in a manner that enhances the reputation of the profession.
  3. Midwives shall respect birth as a normal life process.
  4. Midwives shall maintain current competency in their midwifery practice.
  5. Midwives shall maintain their own well-being and remain fit to practice.
  6. Midwives shall provide midwifery care without discriminating on the basis of the
    prohibitions set out in the Saskatchewan Human Rights Code.
  7. Midwives shall respect a woman's right to informed choice.
  8. Midwives shall inform their clients of the scope of midwifery practice and any
    limitations to the individual midwife’s scope of practice.
  9. Midwives shall maintain client privacy and confidentiality subject to health privacy
    legislation as it relates to midwifery and so inform the client.
  10. Midwives shall not abandon care of a client in labour or in an emergency, but will
    make all reasonable efforts not to be in a situation requiring deviation from accepted standards of care.
  11. Midwives shall interact professionally, collaboratively, respectfully and honestly with
    the people with whom they work and practice.
  12. Midwives shall not accept any gift, favour or hospitality for a professional
    endorsement of a commercial product for participation as a registrant at continuing
    education events.
  13. Midwives will not accept any gift, favour or hospitality from a client that could be
    interpreted as an inducement to provide preferential treatment to them.
  14. Midwives shall actively promote equal access to health care that meets the needs of childbearing women.
  15. Midwives shall make known to the appropriate person or authority the practice of a
    colleague that appears not to maintain standards of practice in their profession.
  16. Midwives shall provide the best possible care within the midwifery scope of practice
    in all circumstances. When a midwife is unable to provide care, the midwife shall
    make all reasonable attempts to find alternative care for the client.