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Alberta Supports Contact Centre

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Midwives provide comprehensive prenatal, labour, birth, and postpartum care to clients experiencing normal pregnancy. They provide counselling, education, and emotional support related to the clients’ physical, psychological, and social needs.


College of Midwives of Alberta (CMA)
Suite 310, Midpark Centre
259 Midpark Way SE
Calgary, Alberta  T2X 1M2

Call: 403-452-0571
Fax: (403) 474-3990



Under Alberta’s Health Professions Act [pdf], Health Professions Restricted Activity Regulation [pdf], and Midwives Profession Regulation [pdf], registration with the College of Midwives of Alberta (CMA) is mandatory. Only registered members may provide restricted activities specified in the Regulations. This includes those who:

  • Meet identified competency requirements and provide professional services directly to the public
  • Teach the practice of the profession to members or students of the profession
  • Supervise registered members
  • Provide services to the public as midwifery students
  • Use the titles and initials: midwife, registered midwife, or RM

What You Need

To register as a midwife in Alberta, you need:

  • An approved bachelor’s degree in midwifery or a refresher program, finished within 2 years before application
  • Successful completion of the Canadian Midwifery Registration Examination (CMRE)
  • Certification in cardiopulmonary resuscitation
  • Certification in obstetrical emergencies skills
  • Certification in fetal health surveillance

There are other registration categories for midwives.

A provisional midwife:

  • Has met the academic requirement for a midwife but has not completed the CMRE yet
  • Must work under the supervision of a registered midwife

A student midwife:

  • Is enrolled in an approved midwifery program and receiving practical training
  • Must work under the supervision of a registered midwife

For details about all registration requirements, contact the CMA or visit the CMA website.

Working in Alberta

Midwives who are registered by and in good standing with a regulatory body elsewhere in Canada may be eligible for registration in Alberta if their scope of practice and competencies are similar.

For more information, see What if I am already certified in another province or territory in Canada? and the CMA website.

Internationally educated midwives can apply through the CMA Internationally Educated Midwives route.

The certification information in this profile may change at any time and without notice. Before making any career decisions, we advise you to contact the regulatory organization or visit their website for the most updated information.

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