About Midwifery

Worldwide, Midwives are recognized and respected as experts in the care of childbearing people. The midwife’s focus is on pregnancy, birth, and breastfeeding as healthy life processes.. This wellness focus shapes the way in which a midwife will care for you.

The relationship between you, your midwife, and your family is based on mutual respect. Midwifery actively encourages you to become fully informed about your choices throughout the reproductive period and to take an active part in decision making. You’re encouraged to develop the understanding, skills, and motivation necessary to take responsibility for, and control of, your own health. The choices available to you include choice of birth place. Midwives provide birth care in home, birth center, or hospital.

Continuity of care is a basic principle of midwifery. You and your family will be cared for by an individual or small group of midwives throughout your pregnancy, birth, and postpartum. You’ll have the opportunity to get to know all the members of your team who’ll be providing care to you.

Midwives are constantly on the watch for early signs of potential concerns. When they’re caught early, it increases the chance that the concern may be corrected or minimized. A lot of time is spent with you answering your questions, equipping you with information, and providing counselling. Emphasis is placed on preventative measures such as a nutritious diet, gentle and sustainable movement, and simple, safe remedies for the common discomforts of pregnancy.

A common misconception about midwives is that we’re against the use of technology. Midwifery’s emphasis on continuity of care and preventative measures can reduce the over-use of technology and the potential unwanted side effects. Midwives are, however, advocates of appropriate and timely use of technology and intervention as needed, with active participation by you in the decision making process

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