Midwifery 101

An introduction to the many benefits of midwifery care

Some Facts


  • BC midwives have been regulated by the government and publicly funded since January 1998.
  • BC midwives now deliver nearly 14% of the province’s babies each year – more than 5,500 newborns.
  • In Canada, midwives deliver  2% of the country’s babies.
  • In BC approximately 30% of midwifery clients choose to give birth at home.
  • Midwives are able to care for up to 60 clients per midwife per year.

Annual # of babies delivered by midwives in BC

Registered Midwives offer…

  • Safe, individualized, respectful care
  • Regular prenatal visits throughout pregnancy
  • Time to discuss important issues
  • Access to lab tests, ultrasounds and medications
  • Referrals to specialists and consultants
  • Choice of home or hospital birth
  • Support during labour and postpartum
  • Access to epidural anesthesia when indicated
  • Home visits after birth for both mom & baby
  • Expert, in-home breastfeeding support

Registered Midwives are…

  • Essential health care professionals
  • Primary providers for pregnancy, birth and postpartum care
  • Highly trained and university educated
  • Covered for those with a BC health care card
  • In demand more and more women are choosing midwifery care
  • Found in hospitals, community clinics and homes across BC
  • Working in collaboration with other health care providers
  • Involved in over 16% of pregnancies and births in BC

Safe and cost effective…


  • Lower rates of birth by cesarean section
  • Efficient use of hospital resources
  • Shorter hospital stays
  • Reduced preterm birth rates
  • Fewer hospital admissions prenatally and postpartum
  • Fewer newborn hospital admissions
  • Reduced rates of medical intervention
  • Collaboration and timely consultation
  • Improved health outcomes
  • Millions of dollars in health care savings

Learn more about midwifery in BC

Serving Greater Victoria &

the southern Gulf Islands