A midwife is a trained professional who offers expert care, education, counseling and support to a woman and her newborn during the childbearing cycle. The midwife works with each woman and her family to identify their unique physical, social and emotional needs.
Midwives also provide well woman gynecological care and family planning services. Midwives practice within a health care system that provides for consultation, collaborative management or referral as needed.
The Heart of Midwifery
The heart of midwivfery lies in the unique way that midwives listen to and care for women and their families.
- empower women to make informed choices
- support the natural process of birth
- advocate for healthy lifestyle
- nurture a woman’s trust in her body
- use technology carefully if needed
- partner “with women”
Midwives practice using an evidence based approach to care. This care is focused on the dynamic evaluation of each woman’s unique health needs. Midwifery is a profession born of a woman’s vision, nurtured in an understanding of women’s developmental phases, and committed to assuring women in all populations that it is their birthright to be part of this unique care.