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BCCNM has transitioned from using the term telehealth to virtual care. This better aligns with current healthcare terminology and evidence.

Virtual care is a way midwives can provide and deliver services and care to clients remotely using technology to communicate.  As with any other practice setting, midwives providing virtual care services are expected to meet the BCCNM's standards of practice.

Virtual care technologies include the use of telephone and cell phone communication, email, video and audio conferencing, instant messaging (e.g., texting, online chat.)


I’m a midwife in B.C. providing virtual care. What do I need to know?

Midwives practicing in B.C. must be registered with BCCNM. BCCNM’s relevant midwifery scope of practice, standards, policies and guidelines apply to midwives and must be followed when providing virtual care services to clients. Midwives considering providing virtual care services to clients located outside B.C. are responsible for contacting the jurisdiction where the client is located as there may be additional requirements, limits, or conditions to consider​.

I’m a midwife from another Canadian jurisdiction who wants to provide care to a B.C. client. What do I need to know?

At present, midwives located outside of B.C. must hold active practice registration in good standing with their respective Canadian jurisdiction in order to provide virtual care services to B.C. clients.

​In 2022, BCCNM expects to implement the requirement that midwives providing midwifery virtual care to B.C. clients have registration in good standing with BCCNM.

​During the pandemic I have been asked to provide virtual care midwifery services. What BCCNM standards do I need to consider?

Midwives engaged in virtual care are responsible and accountable for the midwifery services provided to clients. Even though the format for providing care may be different, their responsibilities in meeting BCCNM’s regulatory requirements and Standards of Practice remain unchanged. They must also follow their employer’s policies related to virtual care.

Midwives working in independent practice will need to ensure the technology they will be using complies with applicable legal and professional requirements and that they understand its limitations.