Midwifery services – Alberta Health and Wellness

By: Health Alberta  09-12-2011
Keywords: health care

Midwifery services are publicly funded health services since April 2009.

Midwifery care

  • Midwives provide safe services for women with low-risk pregnancies.
  • Midwifery health care provision is associated with fewer preterm and low-weight babies.

Midwifery regulation in Alberta

  • In 1994, midwifery was first designated as a health profession under the Alberta Health Disciplines Act.
  • Registered midwives are governed by the midwifery committee appointed by the Minister of Health and Wellness.
    • The day-to-day administration of the profession as well as support to the committee is provided by the registrar for midwives who is employed by Alberta Health and Wellness.
  • Midwives must follow the standards of practice, which are part of the Midwifery Regulation, developed to ensure the safety of expectant mothers and their babies.

Qualifications of midwives

To become a registered midwife in Alberta you must meet the requirements of the regulation including:

  1. Completion of an approved program of studies; and
  2. Passing the Canadian Midwifery Registration Exams and the provincial clinical exam.

Education program for midwives

  • A new midwifery program is being offered at Mount Royal University in Calgary. The program still requires final approval from the Health Disciplines Board before graduates will be eligible for registration as midwives in Alberta.
    • Approved midwifery programs are available in British Columbia, Ontario and Quebec.

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