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Canadian Midwifery Study

This survey should be completed by any midwives in Canada (i.e., practicing, registered, not registered, on leave, looking for employment or who left the profession). 

You are invited to participate in a study called A New Approach to Studying Retention: Following the Professional Journey of Midwives in Canada.  This five-year study is under the leadership of the research team listed below and is funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR).   You are invited to participate in this study because you are currently or have been a midwife in Canada.


Co-Principal Investigators:


Dr. Derek Lobb

Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, McMaster University

Dr. Isik Zeytinoglu

DeGroote School of Business, McMaster University



Dr. Elena Neiterman

School of Public Health and Health Systems, University of Waterloo

Dr. Farimah HakemZadeh

School of Business and Economics, Department of Human Enterprise and Innovation,                                         Thompson River University

Johanna Geraci

College of Midwives of Ontario

Research Coordinator:


Jennifer Plenderleith

DeGroote School of Business & Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, McMaster University


We are hoping to determine the reasons midwives stay in their profession.  We are also interested in your views on provincial policies and practices that may affect your experiences.  We want to learn more about your work experience as a midwife in Canada.


To learn more about the survey and the researchers’ study, particularly in terms of any associated risks or harms associated with the survey, how confidentiality and anonymity will be handled, withdrawal procedures, incentives that are promised and how to obtain information about the survey’s results please read the accompanying letter of information.


This survey should take approximately 20 - 30 minutes to complete.  People filling out this survey must be a midwife in Canada (i.e., practicing, registered, not registered, on leave, looking for employment or who left the profession).

As this is a Pan-Canadian study, it has been approved by the relevant research ethics authorities across different provinces. These research ethics boards are responsible for ensuring that participants are informed of the risks associated with the research, and that participants are free to decide if participation is right for them.  If you have any questions about your rights as a participant, please call the Office of the Chair, Hamilton Integrated Research Ethics Board (HIREB) at 905-521-2100 ext. 42013 (Reference Project # 1737).