Midwives are primary health care providers and are considered the experts in normal pregnancy, birth and the postpartum period. They are trained to order and interpret tests, discuss results as well as screen for physical, psychological, emotional and social health - referring to specialists when indicated.
The College of Midwives of Alberta (CMA) sets all educational requirements for Registered Midwives, including continuing education requirements. For specifics regarding educational requirements please visit their website.
Midwives are highly skilled and educated professionals. Registered Midwives in Alberta hold a Bachelor of Midwifery degree (or its equivalent). Currently, the only approved midwifery program offered in Alberta is the Bachelor of Midwifery program at Mount Royal University in Calgary. This competitive program takes a minimum of four years to complete and accepts a maximum number of applicants per year. Students complete clinical placements with midwifery practices along with inter-professional hospital placements. Graduates must subsequently pass the Canadian Midwifery Registration Examination, a national exam that ensures standards of competency, before they can become registered with the CMA.
Once registered, all midwives must regularly complete continuing education requirements as set by the CMA. Currently, this includes regular recertification of CPR, Obstetrical Emergency Skills, and Neonatal Resuscitation.