Join Date: Mar 2002
Location: Rocky Mountain Region!
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I don't know tons about Canada- but a classmate of mine who is almost ready to graduate is from BC, and planning on moving back up there when she's done. There are different pre-reqs depending on different programs. The general one that I think applies to all programs is that you must have taken Anatomy and Physiology. Aside from that, some programs have additional science requirements, and others don't!
I had been a doula for a few years before I began school for midwifery. I knew a few midwives in town, and I did talk to them about my options. I felt that I wanted to pursue direct entry midwifery, just because it's what I believe in. To become a CPM (Certified Professional Midwife) there are 2 routes- you can either attend a 3 year MEAC (Midwifery Education Accredidation Council) school, finish your apprenticeship, then take the NARM exam (National Association of Registered Midwives). Then you apply for licensure if available or desired in your respective state. You can also become a CPM without attending a 3 year program, but you the documentation you provide when applying to take the NARM exam must be very extensive, and you also have to take an additional skills exam to get your certification as well.
It's a long road! But it's a wonderful journey! I'm happy to answer any more questions I can.