The Ontario Midwifery Education Program is a unique venture shared by McMaster University, Ryerson University and Laurentian University. Click here and here to see how the program varies by university.

The Program is the oldest Midwifery Program in Canada and first enrolled students in 1993. Our graduates are working as midwives primarily in Ontario, but also in other parts of the country where midwifery is legally recognized.

The program provides solid academic background and understanding of the principles of midwifery care as well as the opportunity to integrate this learning in the clinical setting, providing the basis for excellence in clinical practice. We work closely with practising midwives and other maternity care providers to ensure a high quality environment for students. Our faculty is comprised of midwifery professors, who also maintain clinical practice, and additional faculty who are experts in the social, health or biological sciences.

Midwifery has the potential to be one of the most important components of women’s health care in Ontario. Midwives’ expertise in the care of normal pregnancy and childbirth arises from their understanding of childbearing as a social, cultural and biological process and from their ability to competently exercise clinical skills and decision-making. Midwifery education must provide the base for sound professional practice.