All internationally educated midwives who wish to register to practice midwifery in British Columbia must first complete the UBC’s Internationally Educated Midwifery Bridging Program (IEMBP) and seek registration with the College of Midwives of British Columbia.
The IEMBP supports midwives who have been educated outside of Canada in making the transition to working in the Canadian health care system and in the BC midwifery model of practice. The program has an application process, distance-accessible and in-person intensive gap training and orientation to practice in BC, and a short clinical internship. There are midwifery education and clinical experience requirements that must be met in order to be eligible to participate, and English language fluency requirements and supports to meet those requirements.
For information on applying to UBC’s Internationally Educated Midwifery Bridging Program, go to www.midwifery.ubc.ca/iembp
IEMBP graduates must also write and pass the Canadian Midwifery Registration Examination (CMRE) and the BC Jurisprudence Examination before being eligible for midwifery registration in BC. While most of the internationally educated midwives will be eligible for general registration after completion of the IEMBP, there may be a few of them who still do not meet the requirements for general registration and are eligible to apply for conditional registration only. An applicant who is identified as a candidate for conditional registration, is required to find an experienced general registrant who is willing to act as her supervisor while she works within a supervision plan to address identified gaps in clinical experience or competency. The Registration Committee approves all supervision plans before a certificate of conditional registration is granted. A conditional registrant may only provide midwifery care within the conditions and limitations of an approved plan. While a conditional registrant has up to one year to fulfil the requirements outlined in an approved supervision plan, these plans range in length from two months to a year. Once completed, a panel of the Registration Committee reviews supervision reporting and usually a change in registration status from conditional to general registration is approved.