Advanced Education Minister Andrew Wilkinson announced a provincial funding of $680,000 for a new training program at UBC for midwives educated in other countries to become licensed to practice in BC and help improve the shortage of midwives in BC. The minister noted that the need for midwives continues to grow and that 18% of births in BC are performed by midwives. Students will need to pass the Canadian Midwifery Registration Examination to obtain the College of Midwives of BC licence.
Michelle Butler, Director of the UBC Midwifery Program, said the new training program will provide cultural diversity for midwifery and will reflect BC’s first and second generation immigrant’s society. She said the program welcomes international students with a good level of English proficiency and has assisted in the birth of more than 60 babies in the past 5 years.