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A Midwife’s Qualifications
All practicing midwives in Ontario must be registered with the College of Midwives of Ontario.
Midwives qualify for registration either by graduating from the Ontario Midwifery Education Programme, which is a Bachelor of Health Science in Midwifery four-year university degree program, or by successfully completing the International Midwifery Pre-registration Program, offered through the continuing education division at Ryerson University.
The College of Midwives develops, establishes and maintains programs and standards of practice to assure the quality of, safety of, and access to midwifery care.
Midwives are primary care providers which means women choose either a midwife OR a doctor for their obstetrical needs, but not both for routine care. Midwives screen and monitor very closely for complications and arrange for consultations with physicians and other health care providers as needed. Sometimes this results in care being transfered to a specialist. In the event of a transfer of care, midwives continue to follow the woman and/or her baby in a supportive role.