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Indicator Metadata

NameMidwives per 100,000 Population
Short/Other Names

Not applicable

DescriptionHow many midwives there are for every 100,000 people
InterpretationHigher ratios are desirable.
HSP Framework Dimension

Health System Inputs and Characteristics: Health system resources

Areas of Need

Not applicable

Geographic Coverage

All provinces

Reporting Level/Disaggregation

National, Province/Territory

Indicator Results

https://secure.cihi.ca/estore/productSeries.htm?pc=PCC314

Identifying Information
NameMidwives per 100,000 Population
Short/Other Names

Not applicable

Indicator Description and Calculation
DescriptionHow many midwives there are for every 100,000 people
Calculation: DescriptionNumber of midwives divided by population estimates
Calculation: Geographic Assignment

Place of service

Calculation: Type of Measurement

Rate - Per 100,000 population

Calculation: Adjustment Applied

None

Calculation: Method of Adjustment

Direct Standardization
Standard Population:
Population estimates: Statistics Canada

Denominator

Description:
Provincial/territorial and Canadian population estimates from Statistics Canada
Inclusions:
Not applicable
Exclusions:
Not applicable

Numerator

Description:
Active registered midwives reported by the Health Workforce Database at CIHI
Inclusions:
Not applicable
Exclusions:
Not applicable

Background, Interpretation and Benchmarks
Rationale

Midwives are considered primary health care providers. Their services play an important part in the accessibility of health care in Canada. In addition, Canadian registered midwives are autonomous professionals who offer a high quality of maternity care to women and their families.

Interpretation

Higher ratios are desirable.

HSP Framework Dimension

Health System Inputs and Characteristics: Health system resources

Areas of Need

Not applicable

Targets/Benchmarks

Not applicable

References

Not applicable

Availability of Data Sources and Results
Data Sources

Demography division, Statistics Canada, HWDB

Available Data Years

Type of Year:
Calendar
First Available Year:
1998
Last Available Year:
2013

Geographic Coverage

All provinces

Reporting Level/Disaggregation

National, Province/Territory

Result Updates
Update Frequency

Every year

Indicator Results

Web Tool:
CIHI's Products: Canada's Health Care Providers: Provincial Profiles, 2013
URL: https://secure.cihi.ca/estore/productSeries.htm?pc=PCC314

Updates

Not applicable

Quality Statement
Caveats and Limitations

As of 2014, midwives are not regulated in Newfoundland and Labrador, Prince Edward Island and Yukon; information on these jurisdictions was not available.

Trending Issues

When trending, use caution in comparing voluntary membership data (for provinces that are not regulated).

Comments

Not applicable