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#1 of 3 Old 04-14-2012, 10:58 PM - Thread Starter
 
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Hi!  I am new to Calgary (just moved from Houston, TX) and am looking to plug into a natural birth community.  Birth is my passion.  I had planned on beginning my studies and apprenticeship in a few years.  My baby just turned one and I am waiting until she is old enough that I will feel comfortable being on call.  Right now I am focusing on trying to educate women on their options.  The US isn't nearly as natural birth friendly as I am finding Canada to be.  I was helping a friend get an alternative birth support organization started in Houston and then ended up moving.  I'd love to find other "birth junkies" in the area.

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Im not in Calgary but welcome to Canada!

To become a midwife in Canada is quite a bit different then in the USA. You either have to go to an approved university or do a bridging program for internationally trained midwives. There is a university in Calgary, Mount Royal, that has a midwifery program, it is very competitive to get in (like all of our schools). To do a US school, you will need to ensure that it is accredited (MEAC is your best bet) and lasts at least 2 years. You wont be able to apprentice in Alberta, you would have to go out of country for clinical experience.


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I just have to add, being a Canadian trained midwife, and midwifery instructor in Canada, that you will get plenty of clinical experience throughout your education here.  Each province/territory in Canada has different regulation for midwifery but all of the training programs (anywhere from 3 to 7 yrs) include a practical, apprenticeship style component.  What is different here is that you can't just approach a midwife to apprenticeship with, you generally have to go through the schooling process.  All Canadian midwifery programs are direct-entry so you don't need previous experience or training in nursing, but they are all pretty competitive, but well recognized around the world.  Good luck, it is all worth it!

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