The province has announced a substantial amount of funding for a new program that will help international midwives become licenced in BC.
The government has announced that $680,000 will go towards a new program at UBC in Vancouver.
"Midwives are an important part of the health-care system and offer families more choices when it comes to having a baby," said Advanced Education Minister Andrew Wilkinson. "The new program at UBC gives internationally educated midwives a clearly defined pathway to practise in British Columbia."
The internationally educated midwives program will accept eight first year students per year starting next January. The program will pilot in the spring of 2015 with four students. Applicants will be individually assessed, and the program will be tailored for each student, recognizing midwifery qualifications and experience gained abroad.
When students complete the program they will be eligible to take the Canadian Midwifery Registration Exam in order to obtain a licence to practice in the province. The internationally educated midwives program complements UBC's four-year midwifery undergraduate degree program.