Alberta Midwifery Facts and Figures

  • Registered Midwives in Alberta deliver proximately 4% of the babies in the province. Midwives in Canada deliver 10% of the country’s babies.
  • The number of babies delivered by midwives in the province has more than doubled from 975 in 2009 to 1,984 in 2012.
  • The number of Midwives in Alberta has increased by 17% year-over-year since public funding in 2009.
  • Midwives have been registered in Alberta since 1992
  • In 2009 there were 31 midwives and this has grown to 80 in 2013.
  • There are 45 Midwives in Calgary, 16 in Edmonton, 3 in Red Deer, and 16 Rural.
  • Publicly funded midwifery care is available in B.C., Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec, Nunavut, Nova Scotia, and the NWT.
  • Women can choose to deliver their babies either at home, a birth centre, or in the hospital with an Alberta Registered Midwife.  On average, 50% of midwife-attended births in Alberta occur at home or in a birth centres – this number varies by practice and community.
  • There are currently 36 students enrolled in the 4 year Mount Royal University Bachelor of Midwifery program which started September 2011.
  • Alberta Registered Midwives are able to care for up to 40 clients per midwife per year.
  • Midwives are independent contractors and paid by Alberta Health Services based on the Course of Care for each client.
  • The full amount for a Course of Care that an Alberta Registered midwife can bill for includes a provision for 39-55% for overhead, registration and insurance fees.
  • Canada was the last developed country to legally recognize the practice and profession of midwifery.

Contact AAM

Alberta Association of Midwives
2632 24th Street SW
Calgary, AB T2T 5H9
Phone: 1-888-316-5457
Hours: Monday to Friday (8:00am-4:00pm)
Email: [email protected]