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About midwives

Midwives are regulated health professionals who offer comprehensive care to women and their babies during pregnancy, labour, birth and the postnatal period.

Midwives practise in homes, the community, hospitals, clinics, birth centres and health units. Midwives offer a choice of place of birth and, in most provinces, have hospital privileges.

CIHI collects high-level, standardized information on 30 groups of health care professionals in Canada. This includes information on their supply, distribution, demographics and regulatory environment. To find out more about CIHI’s health workforce data, visit the Health Workforce Database metadata page.

Learn more about midwives in our recent release on Canada’s health care providers.