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