BCCNM issues notice about unlicenced midwife in Comox Valley

BCCNM issues notice about unlicenced midwife in Comox Valley
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The BC College of Nurses and Midwives (BCCNM) is notifying residents that a woman in the Comox Valley area may be offering birth attendant services despite not being registered with the college.

In a notice posted Thursday, the BCCNM said it received several reports that Erika Nabuurs was advertising birth attendant services, without being permitted to do so.

“Erika Nabuurs has never been and is not a registrant of BCCNM and is not entitled to practice as a midwife in British Columbia,” said the college.

The BCCNM is reminding residents that they can check its website to see if people are verified registrants of the college.

“Unauthorized providers who unlawfully practice midwifery present significant risk to the public, including to the health and lives of birthing persons and their babies,” said the BCCNM in November, after the college received an uptick in reports of unregistered people offering birth services in the province.

The BCCNM notes that if people choose to use an unauthorized provider of birth services, then they will not have access to medical equipment or tests that are available to registered midwives.

It adds that people will have to pay for private, unauthorized providers, which is against provincial law, and that there is no regulatory recourse if you want to file a complaint or launch an investigation into unregistered midwives.


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