Information for New Registrants

Congratulations on completing your studies!

Before accepting an offer from a midwifery practice (MPG) there are a number of things to consider and plenty of steps to follow.

This page is meant to assist you with the process of becoming a new registrant midwife in Ontario. If you have any questions please email or call:

Diana MacNab, Manager of Membership Services
416-425-9974 or 1-866-418-3773, ext 2232

The AOM is your association and we are here to help.

Section 1: I have received an offer and am ready to sign a midwifery services agreement

  1. Get it in writing (contingent on the MPG receiving funding approval from the MOHLTC).
    • The practice group you're joining may have based the contract they will offer you on AOM template documents.
  2. Read the agreement, relevant protocols and orientation mentorship plan.
  3. Ask for details:
  4. Get a lawyer. This is mutually beneficial for both you and the MPG. A lawyer will help you understand what is in the offer so that you know exactly what you’re signing up for.

Section 2: I’ve signed; now what?

Once you’ve signed, determine with the practice what your registration date will be (note that in some communities, you may need to allow extra time to apply for hospital privileges once you are insured).

  1. Complete the following forms at the same time:
    • CMO registration (submit to the CMO)
    • AOM membership (submit to the AOM)
    • Liability insurance application form (submit to the AOM)

      Once the AOM receives your liability and new registrant forms we will confirm with the MPG that funding for liability insurance is available and will hold these forms until the CMO notifies us that your registration has been approved. At this time you will receive your CMO registration number. Please note that new registrants should not be working prior to securing liability insurance.

      The AOM will send you an invoice for your membership fees, based on your expected date of registration.
  2. Enroll in the AOM Benefits Trust program within 30 days of registration. If you have not yet received your enrollment package, please contact info@midwivesbenefits.ca.
  3. When you receive your CMO registration number and proof of liability insurance coverage from the AOM you will need to:

Section 3: What the MPG will do once they have this info?

They will:

  • Notify the transfer payment agency (TPA) of your provider number so you can be entered into the invoicing system (BORN)
  • Forward the liability insurance bill to TPA for payment
  • Begin orientation to the practice

Section 4: What should be included as part of the orientation?

  • Mentorship and support plans for your new registrant year
  • Supervision requirements
  • Conflict resolution protocol

For a list of things to think about after your orientation, refer to the AOM Template Orientation Protocol (under Human Resources)

Section 5: How much is this going to cost me?

  • CMO Registration fees
  • AOM membership fees
  • Income tax
  • Benefits premiums:

    When you have low or no billings, your benefits coverage begins on your first day of registration, and premiums are due one month later. It may take a few months for you to build a full caseload and receive benefits funding. If the Benefits Trust does not receive enough benefits funding to cover your premiums, you will receive an email statement. For more information, please review Factsheet #1: Benefits Funding and Factsheet #2: Benefits Arrears.

Section 6: Take advantage of your AOM membership

Once you are an AOM member you will have access to a number of additional resources and discounts. These include clinical guidelines and resources, professional development opportunities, risk management resources and discounts on home/auto insurance, cell phone plans, supplies, shoes, etc.

Get involved with the AOM

The AOM is a member-driven association. There are opportunities for various kinds and levels of involvement. We encourage you to attend regional meetings either in person or via webinar, as well as the annual AOM conference. Watch for eblasts announcing dates and times.

The AOM also administers a number of different committees, work groups and task forces. For information on these please contact Brigitte Balle, Executive Assistant

Final thoughts:

MPGs may only have approved caseload for you as a new registrant, but not as a general registrant. After one year you may need to look for a new practice to join. For general registrant opportunities, be sure to visit our Career Opportunities page.

For more information or assistance in this or any other membership issue, please contact:

Diana MacNab, Manager of Membership Services
416-425-9974 or 1-866-418-3773, ext 2232