Since 1998, midwives have been registered and licensed to practice in Alberta. Currently, registration is issued under the authority of the Midwifery Health Disciplines Committee of Alberta Health and Wellness. Midwives must meet the requirements for registration annually. In April 2009, midwifery became a publically funded service.
Women cannot see both a midwife and a doctor for pregnancy at the same time, although midwives will consult with family doctors, obstetricians, pediatricians, or other specialists should the need arise. Midwives can also order all lab and diagnostic testing as well as prescription medications that are relevant to pregnancy. About six weeks after the birth of your baby, your midwife would transfer your care back to your family physician who will resume responsibility for the health of you and your new baby.