A midwife is a licensed professional who provides primary care to clients and their babies during pregnancy, labour, birth, and the postpartum period. As primary care providers, midwives may be the first point of entry to maternity services and are fully responsible for clinical decisions and the management of care within their scope of practice. A midwife completes a four-year university program that covers a wide variety of subjects related to midwifery, ethics, and clinical skills. After graduating, and before applying for registration with the BC College of Nurses and Midwives (BCCNM), a national skill and ability exam and a local jurisprudence exam must be completed.
In B.C., only midwives who are registered with BCCNM can call themselves “registered midwives.”