The practice of midwifery is based on the understanding that pregnancy, labour and birth are profound experiences which carry significant meaning for a woman, her family and her community. Midwifery is grounded in the principles of health and wellbeing, recognizing that conception, pregnancy, birth and breastfeeding are natural life processes. Midwifery care enhances these life experiences and provides continuity of care through a reciprocal relationship between midwives, women and their families.
Midwifery is traditionally wholistic, combining an understanding of the social, emotional, cultural, spiritual, psychological and physical aspects of a woman’s reproductive experience. Midwives promote wellness in women, babies and families both autonomously and in collaboration with other health care professionals.
Midwifery is a partnership between a midwife and a woman and her family which is based on mutual respect. With midwifery care, the woman is the center of the childbirth experience and has great influence on the health and wellbeing of herself and her family. The practice of midwifery is based on the individual, recognizing each woman’s unique strengths and needs. Midwifery care promotes self-care, growth, awareness and confidence, and is provided in a manner that is flexible, creative, empowering and supportive.
Midwifery actively encourages informed choice throughout the childbearing cycle by providing relevant, objective information to facilitate decision-making. The practise of midwifery enables women to develop the understanding, skills and motivation necessary to take on the responsibility for and control of their own health.