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Did You Know?

  • Midwifery care has been funded by Alberta Health Services since April of 2009.  Midwifery services are covered (free!) for all residents of Alberta and no referral is required.


  • All registered midwives must be a member of the Alberta Association of Midwives (AAM) and carry full liability insurance.


  • Midwives work as independent practitioners and can either work alone or with groups of other midwives in a private practice. Midwives provide care from their homes or private offices. A variety of birth places are offered such as home, birth center or hospital.


  • The midwifery scope of practice includes providing primary care to low risk women and their newborns through pregnancy, birth and 6 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. Midwives have hospital admitting privileges in the area that they practice.


  • The practice of midwifery is grounded in the principles of health and well being, women-centered care, informed choice, holistic care, continuity of care and collaboration.


We encourage you to visit the Q&A page on the Alberta Association of Midwives website for answers to many frequently asked questions

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