Bachelor of Midwifery

Bachelor of Midwifery

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The first and only Bachelor of Midwifery program in Alberta, Mount Royal University’s new four-year B.Mid. degree prepares you to offer primary health care to women during pregnancy, through childbirth and in the first six weeks of their babies’ lives.

Combining theoretical knowledge and extensive practical experience, you graduate from this comprehensive, evidence-based program ready to take the Canadian Midwifery Registration Examination (CMRE). Successful passing of the CMRE exam allows you to apply for registration anywhere in Canada.

Growing demand for midwives

Women across Alberta are developing a greater appreciation for the role of midwives in healthy pregnancies and the demand for midwifery services is growing rapidly in all regions. Professional midwives are integral to women-centred services that empower women to make health care choices that are right for them, their babies and their families.

With only 68 midwives currently registered in Alberta, many women — and especially those in rural, remote or northern areas — are currently waiting for care. This need will only increase as women seek more options for pregnancy care.

A distinctly Alberta program

The Bachelor of Midwifery is a “made in Alberta” program reflecting Alberta womens' needs and priorities. The curriculum emphasizes normal birth options (at home, a birth centre or hospital) and the alternative therapies open to women. The program dovetails what is learned with what is wanted by Alberta women and actually practiced by midwives in Alberta.

Practical learning in the community

It is important to note that beginning in the second year of the program you will be required to be on-call during your practicum experiences and that this requires full-time commitment. You will be required to practice at a variety of placement sites and this may mean traveling and living outside of the city.

In the last two years of your program, you will have the opportunity to work directly with practicing midwives to enrich your education while developing and refining your midwifery skills, under the instruction and supervision of your Mount Royal faculty. Clinical placement may take you to a geographically remote area in Alberta or internationally. Your final year features a clerkship, enabling you to fully integrate your knowledge and skills to prepare you for professional practice.

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Your career as a midwife

Midwives typically work as independent practitioners, either alone or with groups of other midwives in a private practice. Prenatal. postnatal care and newborn care are provided in women’s homes or at clinics. Labour and birth care is provided to women and their families based on the place of birth chosen by the family – in either hospitals, birth centres or homes. You may want to work throughout Alberta, across Canada or internationally upon successful completion of the program and registration exam.

Experience the Mount Royal advantage

Well-rounded education and skills — You receive a broad theoretical foundation in biological, social and health sciences, midwifery and general education , integrated with practical learning in the community with other health disciplines.

Interactive teaching during your clinical placement — Small-group tutorials (virtual and in-person) during your placement mirror the practice realities of midwives, who often work in small-group settings.

Personal and professional connections — Working closely with practicing midwives and Mount Royal faculty builds a lifelong network.

Multi-jurisdictional Midwifery Bridging Project

Note: Mount Royal University used to work in collaboration with a Multi-jurisdictional Midwifery Bridging Project (MMBP) for internationally educated midwives. Currently this program is not offered and admission to the MMBP has been suspended.