The word midwife means ‘with woman’. It means midwives partnering with women and their families to facilitate and ease childbirth. The very nature of midwifery care is grounded in holistic health. All aspects of pregnancy, childbirth, newborn care, and breastfeeding are inherently normal and natural. By providing individualized care, we can promote and support a positive birth experience.
The midwifery model of care encourages women to make informed choices about their pregnancy and birth. We believe that women are transformed by birth. All women and families are unique and we tailor our care to your very personal needs. Midwives offer continuity of care and choice of birth place, including hospital or home births.
Midwives are registered health care practitioners. We are professionals who provide primary care to women and their babies during pregnancy, labour, birth, and the postpartum period. Midwives provide the full course of care for low-risk women. This includes physical examinations, screening, diagnostic tests, the assessment of abnormal conditions, and the conduct of normal vaginal deliveries , as well as postpartum care for mom and baby.
Midwives keep up to date on research and believe that it is our responsibility to provide comprehensive, holistic information so that women can make informed choices at all stages of care.
During labour and birth, a midwife stays with a woman and her family. Midwives are trained in the management of maternal and newborn emergency situations. We carry the equipment necessary to handle emergencies out of hospital. On the occasion that transport is necessary, midwives are skilled in identifying the appropriate time and method of transport. In case a transfer of care to another practitioner is required, the midwife continues to provide supportive care until such time that full care can resume. We work in collaboration with other health care professionals and will consult or refer as appropriate.