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NOC Code: NOC Code: 3232 Occupation: Midwives and Practitioners of Natural Healing
Occupation Description: Occupation Description:
Midwives provide full-course care to women and their babies during pregnancy, labour, birth and the post-natal period. They are employed in hospitals, birthing centres and private practice. Practitioners of natural healing provide alternative forms of health care to patients. They are employed by clinics, health clubs, spas or health food stores, or they may work in private practice. Midwives provide full-course care to women and their babies during pregnancy, labour, birth and the post-natal period. They are employed in hospitals, birthing centres and private practice. Practitioners of natural healing provide alternative forms of health care to patients. They are employed by clinics, health clubs, spas or health food stores, or they may work in private practice.

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Essential Skills Essential Skills Levels
Reading Text Reading Text 1 2 3 4
Writing Writing 1 2 3 4
Document Use Document Use 1 2 3
Computer Use Computer Use 1 2
Oral Communication Oral Communication 1 2 3 4
Money Math Money Math 1 2 3
Scheduling or Budgeting and Accounting Scheduling or Budgeting and Accounting 1 2 3 4
Measurement and Calculation Measurement and Calculation 1 2
Data Analysis Data Analysis 1 2 3
Numerical Estimation Numerical Estimation 1 2
Job Task Planning and Organizing Job Task Planning and Organizing 1 2 3
Decision Making Decision Making 1 2 3
Problem Solving Problem Solving 1 2 3
Finding Information Finding Information 1 2 3
Critical Thinking Critical Thinking 1 2 3 4

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Reading Text
  • Read instructions, precautions and implications on medication packaging, e.g. read dosage instructions on medications, such as pitocin and methergine, when attempting to stop post-partum hemorrhaging. (1)
  • Read short comments in a variety of forms, e.g. read text on intake forms to learn about clients' medical histories, family backgrounds, social environments and lifestyles. (2)
  • Read case notes and clients' files, e.g. read case notes and client files to review observations, diagnoses, assessment conclusions and recommendations. (2)
  • Read letters, e.g. review letters from health care professionals to learn about case details and the medical opinions of referring practitioners. (2)
  • Review information on patients' charts, e.g. read observations written on client's charts by other health professionals to learn about changes in client condition. (2)
  • Read email messages, e.g. read email messages from colleagues to confirm details of meetings. (2)
  • Read instructions, e.g. read instructions to learn how to set up, operate and maintain equipment, such as epidural pumps and sphygmomanometers (blood pressure monitors). (3)
  • Read industry publications and trade magazines, e.g. read articles in publications, such as Midwifery Today, to keep abreast of new initiatives and training opportunities in midwifery. (3)
  • Read medical textbooks, handbooks, manuals and online reference materials, e.g. read Principles of Anatomy and Physiology to learn technical knowledge that will assist with health diagnoses and the delivery of client services. (4)
  • Read clinical journals, e.g. read articles in journals, such as The British Journal of Midwifery and The Journal of the Society of Obstetricians and Gynecologists of Canada, to learn about new research and processes. (4)
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  • Write reminders and short notes, e.g. write short notes to remind office staff of tasks and activities to be performed. (1)
  • Write case notes, e.g. write case notes to record health concerns, past treatments and ongoing conditions as well as your own observations, concerns, diagnoses and recommended treatments. (2)
  • Write short letters and email messages, e.g. write letters to insurance companies to provide information about clients' presenting issues, diagnoses, descriptions of treatments received and recommendations for further interventions. (2)
  • Write marketing and promotional materials, e.g. write marketing materials, such as web copy, to describe your services and philosophy of practice. (3)
  • Write articles for health publications, magazines and newspapers to educate readers about the benefits of natural health services. (4)
  • Write reports, e.g. Rolfers write reports for lawyers and insurance companies to explain client diagnoses and the outcomes of treatments. (4)
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Document Use
  • Observe symbols and icons on products, packaging and equipment, e.g. observe symbols on packaging to determine bio-hazard risks. (1)
  • Scan labels on medications to verify patients' names, dosages, administration schedules, ingredients and reconstitution instructions. (1)
  • Enter data into schedules and log books, e.g. enter clients' names and contact information into calendars and appointment schedules. (1)
  • Locate and plot data in charts, e.g. plot measurements of fundal heights on intrauterine growth charts to monitor growth of the fetus. (2)
  • Complete a variety of forms, e.g. enter clients' medical, social and family histories and describe relevant lifestyle factors on intake and assessment forms. (2)
  • Study and interpret anatomical drawings and diagrams, e.g. study anatomical drawings to learn how to explain medical conditions or disease processes to clients. (3)
  • Complete complex forms, e.g. complete insurance claim forms to identify your professional credentials, record client information and provide summaries of the services provided. (3)
  • Interpret ultrasound images, e.g. midwives interpret ultrasound images to monitor the growth and body position of a fetus during pregnancy. (3)
  • Locate data in a variety of tables, e.g. locate data about amniotic fluid amounts, fetal anatomy and biometry in obstetrical ultrasound reports. (3)
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Computer Use
  • Use electronic office equipment, such as printers, scanners, fax machines, copiers and postage meters. (1)
  • Operate hand-held personal digital devices, e.g. use smartphones to access and send texts, email messages and speak with colleagues and clients. (1)
  • Use spreadsheets to record numerical information, such as clients' vital signs. (1)
  • Operate hand-held scanners to determine vital signs, such as body temperature, blood pressure and glucose level. (1)
  • Use digital obstetric sonography equipment to measure the growth of fetuses and establish gestation periods and expected delivery dates. (2)
  • Use databases to enter and retrieve information, e.g. enter the names of clients, locations visited and the duration of visits into specialized health care administration databases. (2)
  • Use spreadsheets to record income and expenses and to create client lists. (2)
  • Use graphics software to design presentations to students and colleagues. (2)
  • Use word processing programs to write and format short documents, such as referral letters to physicians and reports for insurance companies. (2)
  • Use time management software to track the amount of time spent with clients. (2)
  • Use the Internet to access web blogs and web forums to seek and offer medical and treatment advice. (2)
  • Use communications software, e.g. exchange email and attachments with clients and other members of the health care team. (2)
  • Use the Internet to locate health-related information on medical websites. (2)
  • Use the Internet to access training courses and seminars offered by suppliers and trainers. (2)
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Oral Communication
  • Interact with support staff to discuss scheduling and delegate administrative tasks, such as filing. (1)
  • Speak with suppliers, e.g. order clinical supplies, such as acupuncture needles, herbal plants, essential oils, speculums and compresses, from suppliers by telephone. (1)
  • Exchange information with clients, e.g. speak with clients about their physical, social, mental and emotional well-being to gain a comprehensive understanding of their health and to gather information that will assist with diagnoses and treatments. (2)
  • Exchange information with other health practitioners, e.g. share information about clients' health, seek professional opinions and co-ordinate client care with medical doctors and other health practitioners. (3)
  • Interact with clients' families and friends, e.g. explain the purpose of their treatments and healing interventions, provide direction and answer questions that do not compromise clients' confidentiality. (3)
  • Explain complex medical information, e.g. explain complex medical information, such as diagnoses and treatment options, in terms that clients can understand. (3)
  • Provide medical treatments using special communication techniques, e.g. hypnotherapists guide clients into hypnotic states and provide treatment using vocal scripts and hypnotic suggestions. (3)
  • Present information to colleagues at seminars and conferences, e.g. traditional Chinese medical doctors present new information about dietary supplements and herbs to colleagues at conferences. (4)
  • Instruct clients and students, e.g. acupuncturists provide information about acupuncture, explain processes and respond to questions during workshops. (4)
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Money Math
  • Receive cash, cheque, credit and debit card payments and provide change. (1)
  • Calculate reimbursements for the purchase of clinical and administrative supplies. (1)
  • Prepare invoices and collect payments from clients for consultations and treatments. Calculate service amounts according to established fees or hourly rates and add applicable federal and provincial sales taxes. (3)
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Scheduling or Budgeting and Accounting
  • Schedule client appointments, allocating a realistic amount of time for consultations, treatments, last minute requests and health emergencies. (2)
  • Prepare and review financial statements to monitor your profit margins and plan for capital expenses, such as new equipment purchases. (3)
  • Prepare annual operating budgets by forecasting monthly expenditures, revenues and capital purchases. (4)
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Measurement and Calculation
  • Measure body parts using your hands as measurement tools, e.g. acupuncturists use a thumb's width to measure distances between meridian points of the body. (1)
  • Take a variety of vital sign measurements, e.g. measure vital signs, such as blood pressure and temperature, using digital tools, such as blood pressure monitors and thermometers. (1)
  • Use mixture ratios to prepare varying amounts of homeopathic solutions and herbal remedies for clients, e.g. aromatherapists use mixture ratios to mix essential oils. (2)
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Data Analysis
  • Compare vital sign measurements, such as temperature, heart rate and blood pressure, to normal ranges. (1)
  • Monitor inventories of homeopathic drugs and supplies to ensure sufficient stock is available when needed. (2)
  • Analyze health statistics to determine which treatments will be most effective with clients and to educate clients about the pros and cons of various treatment methods. (3)
  • Compare data from multiple readings to baseline norms in order to identify differences that may indicate health problems. (3)
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Numerical Estimation
  • Estimate quantities of materials and equipment needed for job tasks, e.g. estimate the amount of supplies needed for a client's care. (1)
  • Estimate the number of treatments clients will need to produce the desired health effects using assessment results and responses to treatments. (2)
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Job Task Planning and Organizing
  • Practitioners of natural healing establish their own schedules and book client appointments. They shift priorities and appointments to accommodate cancellations and emergencies. (3)
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Decision Making
  • Decide whether to treat clients. Consider clients' conditions, feedback, responses and prognoses before making decisions to treat them or make referrals to physicians, therapists and other practitioners of natural healing. (2)
  • Decide to accept new clients. Consider your availability and whether you have the expertise needed to meet the clients' needs. (2)
  • Make critical decisions to seek additional help and medical intervention in emergency situations. Follow protocols set out by organizations, such as the College of Midwives Ontario, to decide when to transfer the care of a client to a physician. (3)
  • Determine which treatment approaches and remedies to use. Base decisions on test results, clients' health conditions, prognoses for success and your comfort levels with treatment methods. (3)
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Problem Solving
  • Face time shortages when several clients require priority care at once. Set priorities for seeing clients according to their needs and arrange for back-up support if required. (2)
  • Income is lost when clients do not show up for appointments or cancel at the last minute. Reschedule appointments with clients and use the time to catch up on administrative duties. Encourage clients to provide sufficient notice if they cannot keep appointments. (2)
  • Treat clients who develop health complications that interfere with treatments. Consult with physicians and specialists to develop appropriate health plans and refer clients to health care providers. (3)
  • Encounter clients who are uncooperative, hostile and unreceptive to treatments or who have unrealistic expectations about treatment outcomes. Address your clients' behaviour and beliefs, explain the purpose of treatments or therapies and try to build rapport through appropriate conversation and body language. (3)
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Finding Information
  • Learn about patient treatment plans by reading client files and charts and by speaking with co-workers, supervisors and other health care professionals. (2)
  • Locate information about the status of clients by speaking with them, referring to your and files and talking to other health care professionals. (2)
  • Consult textbooks, reference manuals, academic journals and publications to find specific information that will aid in assessment and treatment of clients' overall health. Reference materials detail information about symptoms associated with specific meridian points, herbal treatments, natural remedies and preventative measures. (3)
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Critical Thinking
  • Evaluate the health of clients. Consider factors, such as vital signs, feedback provided by clients and other health care professionals and the results of examinations. (3)
  • Assess health risks to clients. Consider changes to readings, such as vital signs and pain level indicators, over periods of time to assess the health of women in labour and their babies. (4)
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