Become a Midwife


Midwifery is a rewarding career that contributes to the lives of others, our community and society. Being a Midwife also carries great responsibility and commitment.

Regardless of how you learn to be a midwife, there will be challenges. Take this time to carefully evaluate your choices and prepare for the life ahead. It is a good idea to do further reading. There are many books available on midwifery and birth. The Midwifery Option (Hawkins/Knox) is one book that focuses on the Canadian model of midwifery. We also highly recommend that you speak to different midwives and student midwives about their experiences.

 Important Announcement

This posting provides important information if you are a midwife who received your midwifery education outside of Canada, and you want to know how you may be able to become registered (licensed) as a midwife in Manitoba.

In 2016 the College of Midwives of Manitoba (CMM) will provide an opportunity for internationally educated midwives (IEMs) to be assessed. The “2016 IEM Assessment Process” will take place in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

The 2016 IEM Assessment Process is part of a Manitoba Health project that will provide midwifery assessment and midwifery gap training to help prepare internationally educated midwives apply for registration (licensure) as a midwife in Manitoba.

The application deadline for this assessment and gap training process is May 11, 2016.

For more information on this initiative, please visit our website:

Midwifery Education

In Canada, there are midwifery education programs in

Midwifery education usually takes 4 to 5 years of full time study and training.

The programs in Quebec, Ontario, Manitoba and BC are University Baccaleureate degree programs.

Midwifery education in Canada is direct entry; previous health care training or previous
degrees are not required.

If you want to become a Midwife in Manitoba: Apply to a Canadian University
Midwifery Program. Contact the universities, ask many questions, seek out support in
the application process.

If you have trained as a midwife in another country, you may be eligible to enroll in a midwifery bridging project or Pathways to Midwifery in Manitoba (UCN).

If you are considering going abroad to study midwifery and hope to return to Canada to practice, it is important to carefully go through all the College of Midwives of Manitoba Core Competencies and experience requirements. You will want to ensure that you will have the competency and experience to apply for an International Assessment Program: Western Canada Bridging Program, UCN Pathways, Ontario IMPP.

Midwifery Education in Manitoba

The University College of the North is a Manitoban University with a campus in the Pas and in Thompson. The UCN Midwifery Education Program began in 2006 in the north. (Link to a paper on the importance of repatriating birth to the north).

The UCN Midwifery program is expanding with two new cohorts of student midwives in

  1. The second class of midwifery students began in September 2010 with eight new students. Opportunities for clinical placements will span the province.
  2. “Pathways to Midwifery” is a pilot project that is in process. This is “gap filling” education for internationally educated midwives who may require extra courses and clinical placements for registration and practice in Manitoba.

Considering Midwifery Education

The following are some questions to help you assess different midwifery education programs:

  • Where will you have to move for the program or its placements? How often will you need to move?
  • Do you have a strong support system, supportive family and friends?
  • How do you manage stress in your life?
  • Will you meet the College of Midwives of Manitoba requirements for registration on graduation, or will you need to complete a prior learning assessment/bridging program?
  • What kind of clinical learning opportunities does the program provide? Will some or most be with midwives? Will you gain experience working with doctors and nurses? What birth settings will you learn in?
  • How long has the program been operating? What kind of experience and training do the teachers and preceptors have?
  • How much will the program cost, including tuition and fees and living expenses for the duration of the program, car and maintenance if required? Will you be able to work a part-time job during part of the program? Will you be eligible for financial support?
  • What type of library access does the school have? What kind of laboratory/clinical skills simulators does the school have?
  • Are there exit and re-entrance points in the education programme if you have to leave for a time?