What is a Midwife?
Midwives are advanced practice professionals who approach health care using science and evidence. These healthcare providers offer services beyond maternity care, including general healthcare services from the teenage years through adulthood and into the elder years.
When seeking a partner for your health care, it’s important to understand how different kinds of providers will have a different approach to care. Midwives are skilled in creating an experience that is tailored to your personal preferences and health needs. They will work with you to make important decisions such as how you want to approach your changing needs as you progress through life.
Regarding maternity care, midwives view pregnancy and birth as normal life events that are best protected through education and support. Midwives use medical procedures only when there is a specific concern for the health of the mother or baby.
Your midwife is an expert at recognizing and taking action in an emergency if necessary. Most situations, however, are not emergencies. There is time to work with your midwife to understand your choices and consider the options available to meet your personal needs. As your partner in care, your midwife will provide you with information and resources so you can make informed decisions. This shared approach to decision making and partnering in planning your care is a key aspect of your midwife’s approach to health care.