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I'm passionate about women's health and want to become a midwife. Where do I start?

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Midwives are primary health care professionals who provide continuity of care for women and babies throughout pregnancy, birth and a six week period after birth.

Midwife is a protected title under Alberta's Health Disciplines Act and Midwifery Regulation. To call yourself a Midwife or practice as a Midwife, you must be registered by the Midwifery Health Disciplines Committee. Registered members provide health services listed in the Regulation.

Registration requires successful completion of: (1) an approved midwifery or refresher program within a specified time period prior to application, or an equivalent combination of education and experience, and (2) an approved examination.

You may want to conduct an information interview with a midwife in your community to learn more.