Midwives are primary health care providers who care for and advise women during pregnancy, labour, birth and the postpartum period; and provide care for newborn babies. Midwives have well-developed interpersonal skills and are competent in areas of health education, counselling and interprofessional collaboration. 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 is potentially one of the most important components of women’s health care in Ontario. Midwifery education provides the base for sound professional practice. The educational program is an integral part of the evolution of the profession of midwifery in Ontario and is a leader in midwifery education in Canada. The program helps create future leaders and teachers. It assures practice and teaching as a continuum so that learning environments become available across Ontario.
The Midwifery Education Program at McMaster University is a collaborative venture shared by McMaster, Ryerson and Laurentian Universities, and leads to a Bachelor of Health Sciences (B.H.Sc.) in Midwifery.
OUAC Application Code: MY
Target Enrollment: 30 Students (McMaster Site)
McMaster University offers a long-standing reputation as Canada’s “most innovative” university. McMaster has pioneered a number of programs that have changed how professors teach and students learn.
McMaster’s philosophy toward health sciences education is community-oriented, people-centered, interdisciplinary and problem-based. Our students are exposed very early to patients and their problems in settings ranging from community health care practices to specialized hospital services. Professional teamwork is emphasized.
The midwifery faculty members are highly respected leaders in the midwifery profession. Faculty also maintain clinical practice. They regularly publish in professional journals and give presentations in national and international forums.
Graduates from our BHSc (Midwifery) program are eligible for registration in Ontario and meet internationally accepted standards. Career prospects are excellent. McMaster midwifery graduates have worked in midwifery practices across Ontario, in other parts of Canada and the world.
Total: 30 units
- Health Sciences 1C06 – Working Across Difference in Midwifery
- Health Sciences 1D06 – Anatomy & Physiology
- Health Sciences 1J03 – Life Sciences for Clinical Practice
- Midwifery 1F03 – Introduction to Research Methods & Critical Appraisal
- Midwifery 1D03 – The Midwifery Profession
- Two of the following courses:
– Women’s Studies 1AA3 – Women Transforming the World
– Women’s Studies 1A03 – Women, Culture, Power
– Indigenous Studies 3H03 – Indigenous Medicine I: Philosophy
– Indigenous Studies 3HH3 – Indigenous Medicine II: Practical
Elective: one elective (3 unit course) to be selected from the Faculties of Social Sciences, Humanities or Health Sciences
Note: The unit value of a particular course is indicated by the last digit of the course code (e.g. 1A03 = 3 units).
Bachelor of Health Sciences – Midwifery
Since Midwifery is a direct entry program, students admitted to this program are considered to be specializing in Midwifery from first year to the end of the program.
The Midwifery Program is based out of the Michael DeGroote Centre for Learning and Discovery.
Clinical courses consist of a clinical placement and concurrent problem-based weekly tutorials. Students are assigned to a midwifery practice for an extended period of time to ensure continuity of care to expectant mothers and supervision from a clinical preceptor. Throughout the program, students will be placed in more than one midwifery practice and will gain clinical experience in a hospital setting and with an obstetrician. Due to limited placements, students should expect to relocate or travel for clinical placements. Travel and living expenses are the responsibility of the student.
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