Program Overview

The Midwifery Program leads to a Bachelor of Midwifery (BMw) and prepares graduates to write the Canadian Midwifery Registration Examination (CMRE).

All Midwifery courses with the prefix MIDW are restricted to students registered in the Midwifery Program. Candidates must complete two prerequisite courses, BIOL 153 (Human Biology) and ENGL 112 (Strategies for University Writing).

Year One classes take place at the UBC Vancouver Campus, where you will participate in a range of classes selected to inform and prepare them for midwifery practice.

You will be required to complete a number of clinical placements in Years Two, Three, and Four,  with at least one placement in a rural setting. It is recommended you take the mandatory elective course no later than Year Two, as clinical placements will leave little time.

Upon completing the program, students meet the College of Midwives of British Columbia’s registration requirements for active practice as set by the College of Midwives of British Columbia.

 

Term One

MIDW 102 (4) Birth and its Meaning
An interdisciplinary study of pregnancy and childbirth drawing on and integrating the disciplines of psychology, sociology, anthropology, women’s studies, and cultural studies.
MIDW 103 (3) Applied Health Sciences for Maternity Providers
Introduction to diagnostics related to cellular and humoral immune responses in pregnant women and newborns, the properties of viruses, epidemiology, the principles of bacterial pathogenesis, and related physiologic responses.
MIDW 105 (13 over two terms) Introduction to Midwifery Theory and Practice
Normal pregnancy, labour, birth, the newborn, and puerperium with an emphasis on prenatal and postnatal midwifery care. A series of lectures and lab practice sessions.
GRSJ 310 (3) Issues in Gender and Health
Interdisciplinary introduction to gender and health issues using selected theoretical frameworks.

Term Two

MIDW 101 (3) Counselling for Maternity Care Providers
Theory, knowledge, strategies, and skills of person-centered counselling including family systems, trauma theory, grief counseling, motivational interviewing skills, self-awareness and mindfulness, inter-professional communication, and cultural competency in continuity of care.
MIDW 104 (3) Lactation Consultation for Maternity Care Providers
Breastfeeding physiology, pathophysiology, and strategies for support of the dyad based on best-practice principles. Discussion of major Canadian and international initiatives for the support and protection of breastfeeding.
MIDW 105 (13 over two terms) Introduction to Midwifery Theory and Practice
Continued from Term One.
MIDW 110 (3) Critical Appraisal of the Literature
Critical appraisal of the literature and research of midwifery practice.
MIDW 125 (3) Pharmacology for Maternity Care Providers
An overview of basic concepts in pharmacology, pharmacy, and therapeutics relevant to the practice of midwifery in Canada.

Term One

MIDW 215 (2) Ethics in Midwifery Care
Ethics using ethical theory in health care and midwifery.
MIDW 220 (10) Introduction to Midwifery Clinical Care
Clinical care of women experiencing normal pregnancy, labour, birth, and puerperium. Clinical education experiences in preventative and therapeutic midwifery care with emphasis on prenatal and postnatal midwifery care. Clinical practice education opportunities within the province.
MIDW 221 (1) Clinical Skills
Online situation-based learning tutorials occurring simultaneously with MIDW 220 clinical placement.

Term Two

MIDW 205 (8) Midwifery Theory for Primary Care
Care of normal pregnancy, labour, birth, and puerperium with an emphasis on the intrapartum period and assessment and management skills. Includes a four-week intensive session in Vancouver, a series of online tutorials, and simulation and skills lab practice.
MIDW 240 (9) Core Midwifery Clinical Care
Clinical education experiences with the preventative and therapeutic midwifery care of normal pregnancy, labour, birth, and puerperium with an emphasis on the intrapartum period and assessment and management skills. A clinical practicum in locations around the province.
Elective (3)
A course of your choice.

Term One

MIDW 305 (6) Midwifery Theory for Variations in Primary Care
Theoretical principles of care for pregnancy, birth, and the puerperium with an emphasis on the recognition and management of variations of normal and findings outside of normal. Consists of a one-week intensive time in Vancouver, during which emergency skills certification is acquired, and weekly web-based tutorials.
MIDW 320 (12) Variations in Midwifery Clinical Care
Clinical education experiences with the preventative and therapeutic midwifery care of pregnancy, birth, and the puerperium. Emphasis on the recognition and management of variations of normal and findings outside normal. A 12-week practicum in locations around the province.
MIDW 310 (5 over two terms) Senior Research Project
An original piece of scholarship that builds on knowledge and skills acquired from coursework and in consultation with faculty mentors.

Term Two (Winter) and Three (Summer)

MIDW 310 (5 over two terms) Senior Research Project
Continued from Term One.
MIDW 325 (3) Professional Issues in Midwifery
Professional issues in midwifery including responsibilities and conduct, self-care, peer review, inter-professional relations and communication, legal and business concepts, and continuous quality assurance and improvement in practice. A series of lectures and workshops delivered in an intensive format over two weeks.
MIDW 350 (12) Inter-Professional Placement*
Opportunities to explore health professions that partner with midwives to care for the childbearing family within the province.
*Alternative to MIDW 350: MIDW 360 (3) Global Maternal Infant Health and MIDW 370 (9) Global Clinical Placement

 

Term One

MIDW 405 (3) Advanced Topics in Midwifery Theory and Practice
Theoretical principles for midwifery care of pregnancy, labour, birth, newborns, and the puerperium. Emphasis on assessment and management skills for abnormal situations. Includes a five-day intensive session in Vancouver, a series of online tutorials, and lab practice.
MIDW 420 (12) Advanced Midwifery Clinical Care
Clinical education for midwifery care of pregnancy, birth, and the puerperium with an emphasis on abnormal situations in pregnancy, labour and birth, and in newborns. Clinical practicum around the province.

Term Two

MIDW 430 (5) Comprehensive Midwifery Theory and Practice
In-depth review of the theoretical principles and evidence basis for comprehensive midwifery care. Tutorials carried out in an online live classroom setting.
MIDW 440 (13) Clinical Clerkship
Students assume a primary care role in clinical placements in midwifery practices across the provinces. Demonstration of independent decision making and application of the full range of their academic knowledge to professional practice. A practicum under the supervision of a registered midwife.