Midwifery services

Midwifery care

  • Midwifery services are publicly funded health services since April 2009.
  • Midwives provide safe services for women with low-risk pregnancies.
  • Midwifery health care provision is associated with fewer preterm and low-weight babies.
  • More information about midwifery is available on the Alberta Association of Midwives website.

Midwifery regulation in Alberta

  • As of January 2013, registered midwives are governed by the College of Alberta Midwives.
  • In 1994, midwifery was first designated as a health profession under the Alberta Health Disciplines Act.  
  • 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.

College of Alberta Midwives

The midwifery profession in Alberta is now governed by the College of Alberta Midwives.

For information related to becoming registered as a midwife, a list of registered midwives, or filing a complaint about a midwife, contact the College at 403-474-3999 or mail to 215-1935 32 Avenue NE, Calgary, AB T2E 7C8.

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.
  • If you are interested in becoming a midwife, information is available on the Alberta Association of Midwives website, which provides links to all Canadian universities offering midwifery programs of study.