Philosophy of Care

Midwifery care is based on a respect for pregnancy as a state of health, and childbirth as a normal physiological process. The practice of midwifery is founded on the understanding that pregnancy, labour, and birth are profound experiences, which carry significant meaning for a woman, her family, and her community. Midwives strive to enhance these life experiences, providing continuity of care within a relationship of mutual respect with a woman and her family.

Midwives promote decision-making as a shared responsibility between the woman, her family and her caregivers, by providing relevant, objective information and counselling to facilitate informed choice. Midwives respect the woman’s right to choose both her caregiver and place of birth in accordance with the standards of practice of the College of Midwives. All women, regardless of their socio-economic circumstances, have a right to accessible, comprehensive midwifery care. Fundamental to midwifery care is the understanding that a woman's caregiver respects and supports her so that she may give birth safely, with power and dignity.

Midwifery is traditionally holistic, combining an understanding of social, emotional, cultural, spiritual, psychological and physical aspects of a woman's reproductive experience. Midwives promote wellness in women, babies and families, both as autonomous practitioners and in collaboration with other health care providers. With midwifery care, the woman is the centre of the childbirth experience and a great influence on the health and well being of herself and her family. The practice of midwifery centers upon the individual, recognizing each woman's unique strengths and needs. Midwifery care promotes self-care, growth, awareness and confidence and is delivered in a manner that is flexible, creative, empowering and supportive.