The practice of midwifery is based on the understanding that pregnancy, labour and birth are profound experiences which carry significant meaning for an individual, their family and their community. Midwifery is grounded in the principles of health and wellbeing, recognizing that conception, pregnancy, birth and newborn feeding are natural life processes. 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 mothers, babies and families both autonomously and in collaboration with other health care professionals.
Midwifery is a partnership based on mutual respect. With midwifery care, the client is the center of the childbirth experience and has great influence on their own health and wellbeing. The practice of midwifery is based on the individual, recognizing each client’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 practice of midwifery enables individuals to develop the understanding, skills and motivation necessary to take on the responsibility for and control of their own health. ( Alberta Association of Midwives)