Midwifery Q & A

Wondering if midwifery care is right for you and your growing family? Explore the commonly asked questions below to learn about midwifery care in Alberta. 

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Midwifery Q & A

How can I get a midwife?

You can apply for midwifery care at anytime during your pregnancy by adding your details to the province-wide registry. For step-by-step guidance on how to complete the registration process please watch our instructional YouTube videos. Midwives care for individuals with low-risk pregnancies. Individuals who have previously experienced caesarian section may receive midwifery care. To be eligible to receive publicly funded midwifery services you must have either an Alberta Personal Health Care Number, an RCMP Health Care Number, or ...

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How long does it take to get a midwife?

After adding your name to the province-wide registry, you can expect to receive a confirmation email to the address that you specified on your application. If you are accepted into care, a midwifery clinic will contact you directly. The average wait time to hear back...

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What education and training do midwives have?

Midwives are highly skilled and educated professionals specializing in low-risk maternity care. Midwives are primary care providers and are qualified to order laboratory tests, ultrasounds, and prescribe medications in relation to pregnancy and childbirth. Registered Midwives hold a Bachelor of Midwifery degree...

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When and how often will I see my midwife?

Midwives typically welcome clients into care between 8-10 weeks gestation, when they have an initial appointment. They are then seen every 4 weeks until 30 weeks of pregnancy, then every 2 weeks until 36 weeks of pregnancy. Thereafter, they are offered weekly visits...

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How safe is midwifery care?

There is a large body of evidence that supports midwifery care as a safe choice for low-risk healthy women. Midwifery is a trusted and respected profession in many countries around the world. In fact, researchers found that mothers and babies did better on average in countries where midwifery was...

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Do I have to pay for midwifery care?

As of April 2009 Alberta Health Services fully funds midwifery services for Albertans.  However, the demand for midwifery services in Alberta currently exceeds public funding. This means that although you need not pay out-of-pocket for... 

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Why are midwives in high demand? What is the “funding crisis”?

Alberta Health Services has an annual budget for midwifery services and can only fund a limited number of clients for midwifery services each year. However, there are more families that desire midwifery care than what the budget can allow, and there are a number of Alberta midwives who are underemployed due to...

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What is the difference between a midwife and a doula?

Midwives are educated and trained to provide all necessary medical care related to pregnancy, birth, and post partum. Doulas provide continuous emotional and physical support to the labouring client and their...

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Can I have a midwife and give birth in a hospital?

Yes. Nearly all Registered Midwives in Alberta maintain hospital privileges so they can provide comprehensive care in all settings. Midwives support a families' right to choose the place of birth and offer in-hospital or...

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How is midwifery care regulated?

Midwifery has been a regulated profession in Alberta since 1998. The College of Midwives of Alberta is the regulatory body responsible for the registration and practice of midwives throughout the province. The title "midwife" is a protected...

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