Publicly funded and regulated midwifery was introduced to Manitoba in June 2000 with the proclamation of the Midwifery Act. Since that time, midwives have provided health care for thousands of Manitoba families, and this option continues to be made available to more families each year. Manitoba midwives work in northern and remote communities, southern and rural communities, and in urban areas.
In Manitoba, midwives care for woman and newborns in many settings: in communities, homes, clinics, birth centres and hospitals. They attend births in homes, birth centres and in hospitals.
Midwives are primary care providers and part of the health care team. They can order tests, prescribe medications related to maternal/newborn care, diagnose and treat minor problems, and attend births as the primary attendant. Midwives can also refer you to family physicians and specialists, and to public health nurses and community resources. You do not need a referral to see a midwife.
Four Manitoba Health Regions offer midwifery services:
Interlake-Eastern Regional Health Authority offers limited midwifery services through arrangements with a neighbouring region.
Northern Regional Health Authority also supports midwifery services in Norway House, Manitoba:
Kinosao Sipi Midwifery Clinic, Norway House Indian Hospital
Norway House, MB R0B 1B0
Midwifery is a regulated health profession in Manitoba and the title “Midwife” is protected. Any person in Manitoba practicing midwifery or identifying themselves as a midwife must be registered with the College of Midwives of Manitoba.
Information about registration in Manitoba is available from the:
College of Midwives of Manitoba
230 - 500 Portage Avenue
Winnipeg MB R3C 3X1
For those with midwifery education from outside of Manitoba, the Manitoba government immigration website provides information on requirements for registration as well as information on health careers in Manitoba.
Information about current midwifery postings can be found by contacting the Midwives Association of Manitoba, MB Healthcare Providers Network, or the Regional Health Authorities Association of Manitoba.