FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

Here are answers to some of the most common questions about Mount Royal University’s four-year Bachelor of Midwifery (B.Mid.) Program.


Information about Mount Royal's Bachelor of Midwifery Degree

  1. Why should I choose the Mount Royal Bachelor of Midwifery program?
  2. What makes the Mount Royal B.Mid. unique?
  3. Will the new B.Mid. prepare me for registration as a midwife, both in Alberta and across Canada?
  4. Will the Mount Royal B.Mid. be recognized by universities across Canada if I wish to pursue graduate studies?
  5. When can I apply?

Information on Midwifery

  1. What does a midwife do?
  2. What career options are open to those graduating with a Mount Royal B.Mid.?
  3. What is the expected demand for midwives in Alberta and in Canada?

Information for prospective Mount Royal B.Mid. students

  1. When can I apply?
  2. What courses can I expect as a first-year student in the Mount Royal B.Mid. program?
  3. Are there any additional program requirements for the B.Mid?
  4. I am currently enrolled in a midwifery program in another province. Can I transfer my credits to Mount Royal’s B.Mid. program?
  5. What if I already have completed some post-secondary coursework or a bachelor’s degree?
  6. What does the Mount Royal B.Mid. program cost?
  7. Are scholarships and financial aid available?
  8. Does Mount Royal have on-campus housing?

Information about the Mount Royal Bachelor of Midwifery Degree

  1. Why should I choose the Mount Royal Bachelor of Midwifery program?

This program is Alberta’s first four-year Bachelor of Midwifery degree program, and it builds on Mount Royal’s extensive experience in the design and delivery of professional health-related education programs.

With relevant content that reflects current trends in the field as well as the future of midwifery practice in Canada, the Mount Royal B.Mid. program is a direct response to evolving women’s health care needs in our community, and to the growing recognition of the contribution midwives have on the well-being of women and their families.

Mount Royal’s B.Mid. program places an emphasis on the integration of general education, science, arts and midwifery theory and practice, with extensive clinical learning in the latter years of the program under the supervision of practicing midwives. There is also an emphasis on normal birth and alternative therapies, as well as the choices available in care for the mother and in the delivery of her baby.

To apply for Mount Royal’s new B.Mid. program, visit Admissions.

  1. What makes the Mount Royal B.Mid. unique?

This is the only midwifery degree program in Alberta. Designed specifically with the needs of Alberta women and families in mind, this program was developed with the advice from provincial midwifery regulators, associations and practicing midwives, giving you a solid grounding in what is currently practiced by midwives in Alberta.

To help address the need for more Aboriginal midwives within Alberta, the B.Mid. program has dedicated 10 per cent of the seats in the program for Indigenous students. These designated seats will be filled on a competitive basis, and to be considered, you must meet specific criteria.

  1. Will the new B.Mid. prepare me for registration as a midwife, both in Alberta and across Canada?

Yes. When you graduate from Mount Royal’s B.Mid. program, you will be prepared to sit the Canadian Midwifery Registration Examination (CMRE) and apply for registration as a midwife in Alberta or other provinces and territories. You will also be prepared to function within the Canadian Competencies for Midwives.

If you are a midwife with unrestricted registration in another province, and if you have practiced for one year, you may apply for reciprocal registration.

  1. Will the Mount Royal B.Mid. be recognized by universities across Canada if I wish to pursue graduate studies?

You will be prepared to pursue study at the graduate level in Canada and abroad in fields such as health policy and administration, health education, epidemiology, midwifery research and practice, bioethics and international health and development.

*Note: always contact the institution you wish to attend to determine their requirements.

Visit Admissions to read more about Mount Royal general admission requirements and to apply online.

  1. When can I apply?

Applicants must apply during early admission for Midwifery. See dates and deadlines for the specific dates.

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Information on Midwifery

  1. What does a midwife do?

Midwifery philosophy of care promotes a holistic approach that recognizes that conception, pregnancy and birth are healthy natural life cycle processes.

According to the Alberta Association of Midwives, “midwife” means “with woman”. On their website the AAM describes a midwife as: “a specialist in normal pregnancy and birth. In Alberta, the midwifery scope of practice includes providing primary care to low-risk women and their newborns through pregnancy, birth and six weeks postpartum. Registered midwives have complete access to laboratories and diagnostic services, are able to prescribe and carry select medications, and consult or refer to other specialists when needed.”

The midwifery approach promotes awareness, self-care, personal growth and confidence empowering the innate strength and ability of women to safely give birth.

Further, it reinforces that parents have the right and responsibility to make informed decisions about the manner in which they choose to give birth.

  1. What career options are open to those graduating with a Mount Royal B.Mid.?

As a midwife, you will typically work as an independent practitioner, whether on your own or with groups of other midwives in a private practice. You will collaborate with other primary health care professionals and will provide care in women’s homes, in private offices or other health care facilities.

As of April 1, 2009, Alberta Health Services fully funds the course of care for midwifery services. Midwives provide care from their homes or private offices. A variety of birth places are offered such as home, birth centre or hospital.

  1. What is the expected demand for midwives in Alberta and in Canada?

In April, 2009, the Province of Alberta announced that midwifery services will be publically funded and, since that announcement, there has been a dramatic increase in consumer demand for midwifery services. Currently there are under 100 practicing midwives in Alberta.

According to Mount Royal University’s Longitudinal Research Study, conducted between Jan. 2009 and 2011:

  • 50 per cent of the midwifery practices in Alberta estimate they received more than 100 inquiries from prospective midwifery clients between January and March of 2011.70 per cent of Alberta midwife practices have wait lists of over 20 women per month.
  • 90 per cent of Alberta midwife practices stated the number of women seeking care has increased since public funding for midwifery services began (in April 2009).
  • Alberta Midwifery practices are looking to add three to five midwives per practice to meet consumer demand.

Demand is also growing across Canada. A 2008 study by the Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada has projected a shortfall of nearly 500 obstetricians over 12 years, and many practicing midwives are anticipating retirement within the next five years.

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Information for prospective Mount Royal B.Mid. students

  1. When did the new B.Mid. program start?

The Mount Royal B.Mid. program began in September 2011.

  1. When can I apply?

Applicants must apply during early admission for Midwifery. See dates and deadlines for the specific dates.

Visit Admissions to read more about Mount Royal general admission requirements and to apply online.

  1. What courses can I expect as a first-year student in the Mount Royal B.Mid. program?

The Mount Royal Bachelor of Midwifery offers relevant content that reflects both current trends in the field and the future of midwifery practice in Canada. The four-year program combines general education courses along with midwifery, biological, social and health science courses.

It is recommended that you take the following courses in the first year:

Fall semester:

Biology 1220 — Anatomy and Physiology I
General Education 1101, 1102 or 1103 — Cluster 1 Numeracy and Scientific Literacy
General Education 1401, or 1403 — Cluster 4 Communication
MDWF 1001 — Survey of Midwifery Past and Present
HPED 2007 - Nutrition

Winter semester:

Biology 1221 — Anatomy and Physiology II
HLTH 2250 — Research for Practice in Health and Community Studies
MDWF 1003 – Lab Sciences for Midwifery
MDWF 1005 – Health Assessment for Midwifery
Women’s Studies 2221 — Women and Health

Students are strongly recommended to complete the 2 remaining GNED courses in the Spring/Summer term after completing Year 1, as this will allow for a more balanced course load moving ahead in the program.

Spring/Summer Term (recommended):

GNED 1301 or 1304 — Cluster 3 Communtiy and Society
GNED 1201, 1202 or 1203 — Cluster 2 Values, Beliefs and Identity

  1. Are there any additional program requirements for the B.Mid?

Yes. You will be required to provide proof of up-to-date immunization status and current CPR Certification for Healthcare Providers. Also, a minimum of six months before your clinical placement as part of the program, you will need a criminal background check.

  1. I am currently enrolled in a midwifery program in another province. Can I transfer my credits to Mount Royal’s B.Mid. program?

Mount Royal University will review the courses you have completed in another Canadian midwifery program on a course-by-course basis for transfer credit. Canadian midwifery programs have similar templates for course requirements.

  1. What if I already have completed some post-secondary coursework or a bachelor’s degree?

If you have completed post-secondary coursework, Mount Royal will assess your transfer equivalencies once we have received your final/official post-secondary transcripts. Once the transcripts have been assessed you will be able to view your transfer equivalencies online. You will also be able to see how these transfer equivalencies satisfy the requirements for your program.

  1. What will the Mount Royal B.Mid. program cost?

The fee structure for the B.Mid. will be the same as for all other Mount Royal bachelor’s degrees. The current tuition fees can be found here - Costs.

  1. Are scholarships and financial aid available?

Yes. A variety of student awards and financial aid opportunities are available to students who qualify.

  1. Does Mount Royal have on-campus housing?

Yes. Living in residence at Mount Royal University is a no-hassle way to get the most out of your post-secondary education. Units are fully furnished and situated minutes away from a wide range of Mount Royal facilities and services.

Mount Royal’s Indigenous Student Housing Program, offered through the Iniskim Centre, provides affordable housing to decrease financial barriers and foster Aboriginal student success.

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