Midwifery Services

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 

The Modern Midwifery Practice in Canada video has more information on midwifery service offerings.

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. 

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.

Does the development process include engagement activities?

As part of the midwifery services development process, a number of engagement activities took place throughout spring 2021 to share information about midwifery and to gain feedback on developing the program. Midwifery leaders, healthcare providers, citizens, community partners and government were invited to participate.

Bringing Midwifery Services to PEI and the midwifery development in PEI video has more information on the development process. 

PEI Midwifery Services Stakeholder Engagement Report has more information on the development of accessible and sustainable midwifery services in Prince Edward Island.

What do I need to practice as a Midwife in Prince Edward Island?

According to the Council of the PEI College of Registered Nurses and Midwives (CRNMPEI) midwives will need the following to practice in PEI:
•    Baccalaureate program in midwifery offered by an accredited post-secondary institution in Canada, approved by the Council, or
•    Education or training the Council considers substantially equivalent.
The midwifery education programs in Canada can be found at https://camed-acfsf.ca/resources/

Are you interested in pursuing a career in Midwifery in Prince Edward Island?

We would love to hear from you! Connect with our recruitment team today at healthrecruiter@gov.pe.ca 

1 Association of Ontario Midwives, What is a Midwife?

Published date: 
August 1, 2022
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