Standards, Limits and Conditions for Prescribing, Ordering and Administering Therapeutics

Revised: December 11, 2017

1.1 Drugs which may be independently prescribed, ordered and administered by a midwife.

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The following standards, limits and conditions apply to the schedule of drugs and substances which midwives are able to independently prescribe, order and administer in the community, hospital or other sites of midwifery practice. This list is inclusive. Midwives may not independently prescribe, order or administer any other drugs or substances unless, on the advice of the College’s Multidisciplinary Standards of Practice Committee, these standards are amended consistent with the Schedule A and B of the Midwives Regulation or the government amends the Schedules to the Midwives Regulation.

These Standards provide indications, routes of administration and upper dosage limits where appropriate, for drugs which may be prescribed, ordered or administered by midwives. Following these Standards is mandatory for all registered midwives.

Management decisions on clinical data should be based on local dosage and administration where these differ from those provided in this standard.


A) Antibiotics for Urinary Tract Infection

B) Antibiotics for Group B Strep Prophylaxis

C) Antibiotics for Mastitis

D) Erythromycin Ophthalmic Ointment




Anti-nauseants / Anti-emetics


Benzodiazepine Receptor Antagonists



Compression Stockings

Histamine Antagonists

Immune globulins


Intravenous Fluids

Narcotic antagonists


Non-steroidal anti-inflammatories


Uterotonic agents


Vitamin and mineral prophylaxis and therapy

For Hormonal Contraception, please refer to the Standards, Limits and Conditions for Prescribing, Ordering and Administering Hormonal Contraceptives

2.1 Drugs which a midwife may administer after consulting with and on the order of a medical practitioner

Cervical Ripening / Induction Agents

Induction and Augmentation of Labour

For Controlled Substances for use in prodromal and active labour and for use in the early postpartum period, please refer to the Standards, Limits and Conditions for Prescribing, Ordering and Administering Controlled Substances.

For antibiotic treatment of Sexually Transmitted Infections, please refer to the Standards, Limits and Conditions for Prescribing, Ordering and Administering Drugs for Sexually Transmitted Infections.

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Revision History

Midwives Regulation, Schedules A and B – Issued: September 15, 1997
Bylaws for the College of Midwives of BC – Revised: April 26, 2000
Standard Fifteen – Revised: September 5, 2002
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Revised: December 11, 2017