For anyone unfamiliar with me or my blog, I am currently a 2/3rd year undergrad student at Carleton University in their Women & Gender Studies program. I decided to go back to Carleton after I was confident in my choice to pursue Midwifery.
Through my research on the Midwifery programs and their application process in Ontario I learnt a few things:
- Only three schools in Ontario offer the Midwifery program: Ryerson, Laurentian and McMaster
- Of those three schools you are only allowed to apply to one a year or your application is disqualified
- Each school accepts around 75 people for interviews and of those 75 people, 30 will gain admission to the program
- There is only one practicing male Midwife, and one currently in the Midwifery program (I believe at Ryerson)
- You do not need to have a bachelor’s degree, but they highly suggest you have previous schooling before applying
After doing mountains of research (I will share more in future posts) I decided that I should finish my bachelor’s degree at Carleton University. I switched it from a Bachelor of Arts Honours in Psychology to a Bachelor of Arts General in Women & Gender studies and I’ve now been back at Carleton going on three semesters. I will be graduating this summer.
In addition to going back to school, I knew I needed to add some extra curricular’s to my record. I applied to volunteer at the Womyn’s Centre on my campus and luckily was accepted! I attended a really informative orientation and look forward to getting more involved with the W.C. as the semester progresses.
I also found a wonderful volunteer opportunity in the spring and applied almost immediately. It’s with an organization in Ottawa called Mothercraft and if you’re in the area I highly suggest checking it out. They have a bunch of wonderful programs but I applied to participate in the “Birth and Parent Companion Program”. I attended an interview and was so so fortunate to hear I was approved a spot in the program. I am currently on week 2/8 of orientation and training and every week reaffirms my desire to become a Midwife. The program is truly unique and such an amazing resource to expecting women and families. Their website which I’ve attached above does such a wonderful job of explaining the program so I highly suggest checking it out and also taking a look at some of their other programs and volunteer opportunities as well.
In addition to volunteering and school I am also currently working part-time and quite honestly – it can get pretty overwhelming. I have a weekly time commitment of 15 hours for school, 17.5 hours for work, and 3 hours for volunteer training (which will expand once training is done). This of course doesn’t account for time doing readings and assignments, commuting, etc.
When I began my research into the Midwifery program and the application process I found there was a lot of gaps that could easily be filled with a personal narrative, but there seemed to be none. I found one blog online that had one post pertaining to their application process that was brief and didn’t offer any real guidance on how to proceed. I am by no means an expert and at the point of writing this I have yet to complete my application or receive a formal response on my admission status. I just thought that by documenting the process it may provide insight to anyone looking to do the same in the future.
If anyone reading is a Midwifery student or graduate of the program, please feel free to offer any advice in the comments below. It is always more than welcome as any insight is beyond valuable.
I will be continuing this series as I go through the stages of the application process and potentially into the program (if I get accepted) or I will continue to write about what I plan to do to better my application for the following year (if I am not accepted).