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Wanting to become a midwife - need advice

Last post 06-25-2009 6:37 PM by brandy. 2 replies.
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  • 06-24-2009 2:34 PM

    Wanting to become a midwife - need advice

     I'm a 20 year old young lady from Canada and I would like to become a midwife. However, I'd like to avoid high costs, fancy degrees, and all that, and just study on my own somewhat if possible, and take a PLEA test in the future to become certified.

    Does anyone have any recommendations of midwives to apprentice under, books to study, courses to take, or anything? I would appreciate any advice!

    I've looked into the Ancient Art Midwifery Institute and it sounds like a very good option. I might go with it. But if I decide to do it even more independent I would certainly appreciate recommendations. I'd really like to study just on my own and as an apprentice.

  • 06-24-2009 6:39 PM In reply to

    Re: Wanting to become a midwife - need advice

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  • 06-25-2009 6:37 PM In reply to

    • brandy
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    Re: Wanting to become a midwife - need advice

     I am in Canada too, Alberta, specifically.

    First of all, if you want to be registered in Canada you more than likely need a degree as it is becoming the standard.  It isn't the requirement yet, however, I believe it soon will be.

    PLEA is in its' final year in Manitoba, then it no longer exists, so that won't be an option for you.  If you were to study out of Canada you will likely need to go thru the MMBP (bridging program) for foreign trained midwives.

    Unfortunately, you are very unlikely to get registration by going the "traditional" route.

    Contact the CAM (Canadian Association of Midwives) or your local chapter (provincial group).

    I would love to talk to you more about it all too, feel free to contact me,

    I am still muddling my way thru the path for school, but I think I have finally found the way for me.  I plan to do the program starting in Alberta, hopefully starting next year.

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