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Old May 26th 2011, 6:38 pm
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Thanks Alberta rose ye we are eligable to move with my wifes work
How is she eligible? Is she transferring with work? If so, presumably you have an idea of location.
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Glad i came across this thread! I am too a midwife from scotland! we moved to alberta <snip> please only province that doesnt yet have the conversion course is alberta! we r in Edmonton and there are only 11 midwives here and they are desp!! I was given the wrong info before i left, we came on my hubbys job, and didnt think i could practise here but have since found out i can!! i have the application form to register i can email you it!


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Hi guys i was wondering if anyone could give any advice on areas to look at for moving to Canada.My wife is a registered Midwife and we would be looking for a nice family area with schools , day care etc.
I know Canada is a big place but any fellow Scotts who could give me there experiances would be great.

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I see thanks! was worried it hadnt posted
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I see thanks! was worried it hadnt posted
Nope, just an anti-spam measure, and it was because it included an email address (which I removed - if you put it on a public forum you'll be inundated with spam and weirdos - the OP can PM you if they want to get in contact). Any newbie that posts a web address or similar, it just goes in to a queue for us to look at and approve, nothing to worry about.

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i see ok thanks again
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We are just north of Nanaimo on Vancouver Island......Close enough to Victoria if you crave a bit of city. Nanoose Bay is beautiful and close to Parksville too.......The school is fab and so many people moved here to get their kids into the school. We love it here......That is our opinion anyway! I know they are short of midwives here so there would be plenty of work!!
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The registration process for Canadian midwifery is quite lengthy and expensive, and as Alberta Rose pointed out there are a few provinces that dont have midwives. I would suggest that she looks at the following websites
https://ce-online.ryerson.ca/ce_2010...t.aspx?id=2161


http://cmrc-ccosf.ca/node/213/
Don't have midwives....!! What do they have then? Birthing specialists!
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care is mostly given by drs and nurses for delivery in hospital over here!
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Don't have midwives....!! What do they have then? Birthing specialists!
Yes- obstetricians!
As far as I can see its a North American thing- I'm told midwives are actually illegal in some US states.
I can only speak for BC and even then with limited experience but the "norm" for most of BC is antenatal care with a GP obstetrician. If things go wrong/become complicated then an obstetrician will take over or at least get involved.
Midwives are starting to appear- I'm told there are quite a few in Vancouver but in rural BC they are few and in demand.You have to book them very early on.
There is still an anti midwife feeling amongst some GPs and specialists, although it will vary according to where you live. I'm reliably informed that Vernon is pretty good but neighbouring places can be hostile. Even here , I know of a lady who was fired from her GP for using a midwife.
Most patients want to see a doctor and a fair few have no idea what a midwife is! Quite a few like the idea when it's explained.
One problem is billing- as far as I'm aware from an MSP point of view, you can't have a midwife and a GP obstetrician billing for the same pregnancy.
I find this odd as the CPSBC says that everyone under the care of a midwife should be seen at least once by an obstetrician of some sort- GP or specialist https://www.cpsbc.ca/files/u1/Midwifery.pdf . In practice I've never known this happen although I feel our midwives are excellent and I would trust them.
Demand must be rising- someone I know wants to be a midwife but she said they only train 12 a year??! She is off to New Zealand to train there and come back.
To the original poster, I would tell your wife that if you do want to live outside of a large city- in BC, Vancouver or Victoria, she will be working very much as an independent practitioner, therefore on call for her patients 24/7 except when on hols which will be very different from the UK. At least that's the way it works here! Maybe actual midwives from other bits of BC will put me right for their areas!
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Midwives only began being funded by the government last year and a half ago!! And there are no training facilities at all in the whole of alberta, although this will be changing in the next 2 years. Most midwives are independant practitioners although a small group work out the same practise. When im registered i will be on call 24 hours a day 7 a week getting one weekend off a month im sure. Totally different from the 12 hour shift in the mat hospital in UK but the money you get here compared to the UK more than makes up for it!
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Old May 27th 2011, 10:50 pm
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I know where I would want to live if I was coming in from Scotland BUT always an issue of work out there unless you're lucky enough to be in an in-demand profession maybe!

Check it out... I found this vid the other night and bookmarked it.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b7aDudgcC2I&NR=1
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Midwifery training can only be done at 2 universities in Ontario and one in BC. There are provinces that use 'legal' midwives and some that allow midwives but isnt recognised legally. It is definitely becoming more popular and the midwives have loads of clients to handle!
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yeah they are allowed a maximum of 40 a year but they are having to knock people back!!
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Yes- obstetricians!
As far as I can see its a North American thing- I'm told midwives are actually illegal in some US states.
I can only speak for BC and even then with limited experience but the "norm" for most of BC is antenatal care with a GP obstetrician. If things go wrong/become complicated then an obstetrician will take over or at least get involved.
Midwives are starting to appear- I'm told there are quite a few in Vancouver but in rural BC they are few and in demand.You have to book them very early on. Vancouver and Victoria have the highest numbers of midwives. There are a total of 138 practicing REGISTERED midwives in BC There is still an anti midwife feeling amongst some GPs and specialists, although it will vary according to where you live. I'm reliably informed that Vernon is pretty good but neighbouring places can be hostile. Even here , I know of a lady who was fired from her GP for using a midwife.
Most patients want to see a doctor and a fair few have no idea what a midwife is! Quite a few like the idea when it's explained.
One problem is billing- as far as I'm aware from an MSP point of view, you can't have a midwife and a GP obstetrician billing for the same pregnancy.Midwives can bill for a complete course of care if the woman has been seen by her GP for up to 2 visits
I find this odd as the CPSBC says that everyone under the care of a midwife should be seen at least once by an obstetrician of some sort- GP or specialist https://www.cpsbc.ca/files/u1/Midwifery.pdf This must be an old document as this has not been a requirement fro the last 2 years. . In practice I've never known this happen although I feel our midwives are excellent and I would trust them.
Demand must be rising- someone I know wants to be a midwife but she said they only train 12 a year??! She is off to New Zealand to train there and come back.UBC only have 10 places per year. Demand is rising - midwives deliver 10-15% of all births in Fraser Health. On the Island I think it's about 20%
To the original poster, I would tell your wife that if you do want to live outside of a large city- in BC, Vancouver or Victoria, she will be working very much as an independent practitioner, therefore on call for her patients 24/7 except when on hols which will be very different from the UK. At least that's the way it works here! Maybe actual midwives from other bits of BC will put me right for their areas!
Midwifery in BC is very different to the way midwives work in the UK. You are self employed for starters, and are expected to be on call for your own caseload. Some midwives work as solo practitioners which means no days off unless you get a locum to cover you. Some midwives work in small groups (no more than 4 in a group) and cover each other for vacation etc. The philosophies of midwifery care in BC are informed choice - the woman makes decisions about her care based on best evidence and informed choice discussions. She also gets to choose her place of birth (hospital or home provided she meets the criteria for a home birth). Continuity of care and carer: midwives should all be giving the latest research based evidence for care, and the woman should know all of the midwives in the group so that when she gives birth, the midwife is known to her.

Common misconceptions of midwifery care in BC is that you can only have a home birth, you can't have pain relief in labour, and you have to pay for a midwife. All wrong! As midwifery care is becoming more popular here (it's been legal for 12 years in BC), demand is more than supply! Midwives can take a max of 60 women per year, and most practices have HUGE waiting lists of women who want midwifery care, but can't get it because the caseload is full. See http://www.bcmidwives.com/node/1 for further info on midwifery in BC.
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Oohhhh, there are training in Quebec and Manitoba too. Although the Manitoba one is for Aboriginal midwifery.

Now, all I need is one on Van Island and I can start to focus on my dream job!!!
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