A practice protocol is defined as a written plan that outlines and guides midwifery clinical practice and also outlines how care of clients is coordinated in midwifery practice. A protocol describes how a practice manages specific areas of care during the antenatal, intrapartum and postpartum period. Protocols may include a reference to specific guidelines that a registrant develops with the members of the practice group or adopts in order to support evidence-informed practice. Having practice protocols encourages transparency in providing client informed choice, and helps to ensure a consistent approach to practice within a group of registrants sharing care.
Midwives are required to maintain practice protocols.
Coordination of client care: Midwifery Scope and Model of Practice
Use of social media and electronic communications: Guideline for Participating in Social Media and Guideline for Using Electronic Communications to Transmit Client Information
Record storage and retention: Policy on Medical Records
Home birth transport: Policy for Home Birth Transport Plan