What is a midwife?
Midwives are primary care providers that care for their clients before and throughout pregnancy, labour, birth, and the postpartum period. Midwives are experts in low-risk, normal pregnancy and birth.1
Will Midwifery Services be available in PEI?
Yes, Midwifery Services are being developed for PEI. The Midwifery Service will add to the options for maternity care available to Islanders with low risk pregnancies. Midwives will be the newest health profession added into the PEI health system. They will be the first group to be regulated under the Registered Health Professions Act.
Who is overseeing the development process?
Health PEI and the Department of Health and Wellness are working together to develop a Midwifery Service for PEI. A Midwifery Services Steering Committee is guiding development of the service. The committee has the following groups: Midwifery, Obstetrics (including Nursing), Family Physicians and Nurse Practitioners, Public Health, Indigenous Health, Patients, Primary Care Administration and Government Policy.
Who will be able to provide input into the development process?
As part of the midwifery services development process, a number of engagement activities are taking place to share information about midwifery and to gain feedback on developing the program. Midwifery leaders, healthcare providers, community partners and government will be invited to participate.
Healthcare providers can take part in an online survey before June 25.
Citizens are also invited to provide input by completing an online survey before June 25 or taking part in online discussions (registration required):
Bringing Midwifery Services to PEI has more information on the development process.
1 Association of Ontario Midwives, What is a Midwife?