IWK Health Centre

Job Description

Req ID: 158070
Department/Program: Midwifery, Women & Newborn Health Program
Location: Halifax
Type of Employment: Permanent Hourly FT (100% FTE) x 1 position(s)
Start Date: ASAP
Union Status: Non-union, Management/Non-Union Bargaining Unit
Compensation: $41.479 – $55.1132 /hour

IWK Health is a respected academic health sciences center located in Halifax, Nova Scotia, providing tertiary and primary care for two million children, youth, adults, and families each year across the Atlantic region. We have a team of approximately 4000 employees, physicians, volunteers and learners at sites across Nova Scotia. People build careers with IWK Health with our focus on training and mentorship opportunities. We recognize each other’s talent and celebrate our successes. We collaborate in modern facilities or virtually from home, align our work to our values, and enjoy access to enhanced benefits and wellness programs. We are proud to support our patients, families and communities and are grateful for the generous donor support we receive.

Promoting an anti-racist environment, and calling out discrimination as we work and provide care, is important to us. We are located in Mi’kma’ki, the unceded and ancestral territory of the Mi’kmaq people. Working in Mi’kma’ki and providing care to those across Atlantic Canada is a shared privilege with the original inhabitants who have lived here for many thousands of years prior to colonization. There are 13 First Nation communities across Nova Scotia and more than 50 historic African Nova Scotian communities who also have a long, deep, and complex history dating back over 400 years. We have the highest percentage of people with disabilities in the country. Nova Scotia has the highest proportion of transgender and non-binary people than any other province or territory in the country. We are active in our work to eliminate discrimination but have more work to do to build that trust, acknowledge our biases and reduce the barriers our diverse communities face. We want IWK Health to be a safe and supportive space of equity and belonging in the care we provide and the employment we offer. We welcome all interested persons who self-identify as Indigenous, Black/African Nova Scotians, Persons of Colour, Immigrants/Newcomers, Persons with Disabilities, 2SLGBTQIA+ to apply to support our goal for our workforce to be representative of the patients, families, and communities that we care for at all job levels.

The Opportunity

As Community Midwives at the IWK Health Centre, we are respected members of the maternity care team. We enjoy an exceptional relationship with our healthcare colleagues, as integrated members of the care teams in the hospital and operating from our accessible, bright clinic in Dartmouth.

As employees of the IWK, we practice primary care according to the Canadian Model of Care and can offer a hospital birth at the health centre or a home birth for moms who meet our low-risk criteria. We see a caseload of 3-4 clients per month, in their homes, our clinic or at the IWK’s hospital site. We provide individualized primary maternity care with women and their families from conception, through pregnancy, labour, birth and the six-week postpartum period. We also facilitate continuity of access to care beyond the childbearing year, when necessary, through communication with other care providers or services.

Our team of six shares clients and call coverage and works collaboratively with the entire Women’s and Newborn Program. We strive to offer a continuum of midwifery care that is inclusive, culturally competent and celebrates the richness of the increasing diverse communities served. Particular emphasis is placed on priority populations who historically have been underserved and marginalized. We have been actively supporting the practice of Midwifery in Nova Scotia since 2009, as a valued member of the care team.

Hours of Work

On-call roster and clinical rotation as established with the midwifery team

Your Qualifications

  • Graduate of a Canadian University Midwifery education program or a qualification equivalent to it in accordance with the Nova Scotia Midwifery Act and Regulations.
  • Eligibility for registration with an active practicing clinical license is subject to approval by the Midwifery Regulatory Council of Nova Scotia.
  • Current certificates in Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR), Neonatal Resuscitation certification (NRP) with intubation, and an Obstetrical Emergency Skills course (i.e. ALSO), are required.
  • Recent Midwifery practice experience must meet the Midwifery Regulatory Council of Nova Scotia standards for the currency of practice required for initial/maintaining registration as a practicing Midwife.
  • Experience working within the Canadian Midwifery Model of Practice is an asset.
  • In possession of, or able to secure, a valid Nova Scotia class 5 driver’s license and access to a dependable vehicle for use at all times.
  • Eligible for liability insurance coverage provided by the IWK and able to provide a recent criminal record check with vulnerable sector search and child abuse registry check.
  • Able to work flexible hours according to patient needs and location of service for the provision of on-site clinical services, healthcare in patient homes/communities (as appropriate), hospital/clinic services, and on-call coverage.
  • Must be physically able to perform the duties related to the position under varying weather and environmental conditions including heavy lifting, carrying equipment in and out of houses/buildings and up and down stairs.
  • Demonstrated excellent communication and interpersonal skills and able to function as a member of an interdisciplinary team.
  • Experience working with multicultural populations, an asset.
  • Experience working with underserved and marginalized populations, an asset.
  • Competencies in other languages an asset.

Thank you for your interest in IWK Health.

Please note that we only contact applicants selected for interview/testing. If we invite you to participate in an assessment process (such as an interview or testing) you have the right to request accommodation. Please discuss your needs when invited to the assessment process.


This is a Management/Non-Union bargaining unit position. Preference is given to bargaining unit employees for unionized positions. Successful applicants changing unions, bargaining units or employment status, are advised to seek clarification regarding their seniority, benefits, and vacation entitlement and/or usage, prior to accepting the position.


An offer of employment is conditional upon the completion and satisfactory results of all applicable background checks and confirmation of credentials. Additionally, as per Nova Scotia’s COVID-19 Vaccine mandate, any offer of employment will be conditional upon submitting proof of full vaccination status. Medical exceptions or any other kind of requested exception based upon the Health Centre’s obligations pursuant to the Nova Scotia Human Rights Code will be considered on a case-by-case basis

f you are an employee of IWK Health, please apply through the internal careers page to ensure you are flagged as an internal applicant.


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