Midwifery Education

Midwives in Ontario qualify for registration with the College of Midwives of Ontario (CMO) in one of three ways: 

  • By graduating from the Ontario Midwifery Education Programme (MEP); a four-year degree program offered by Ryerson UniversityLaurentian University and McMaster UniversityMidwives who complete the MEP earn a Bachelor of Health Sciences in Midwifery (BHSc).  As student midwives, they spend 2.5 years in clinical placements, training with established midwifery practices for the most part, but also including terms in interprofessional placements, such as in an obstetrician’s practice, on the Labour and Delivery floor, in a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, in a breastfeeding clinic, etc
  • By applying to the CMO for reciprocal status if the midwife has been registered in another province for at least one year.

In addition, all midwives must fulfill the requirements set by the CMO.

There is also an Aboriginal Midwifery Training Program at Six Nations of the Grand River territory.  Additional Information on Aboriginal midwifery and becoming an Aboriginal midwife can be found at The National Aboriginal Council of Midwives (NACM), and at Birthing Through First Nations Midwifery Care from the National Aboriginal Health Organization.