Midwifery care is rooted in the belief that birth is a normal event as part of our reproductive life cycle. People have been giving birth to babies for thousands of years, but they have not always been doing so in a hospital. Midwives support pregnant clients, babies, and families in an out-of-hospital setting with planned homebirths. They provide education, care and resources to their clients.
The word midwife means with woman. Midwives are there for the most important and transformative changes that happen during the reproductive years. Midwifery care is based on a relationship of trust, honesty, commitment, and cooperation between the midwife and client. The midwife provides supportive care for people to birth how and where they choose, safely.
There is a long tradition of midwives attending births at home. Homebirth affords people the opportunity to choose a birth environment where they feel safest and most comfortable. By protecting the normal and physiologic process of birth, people can feel in control. Midwives encourage shared-decision making and active engagement in their healthcare which contribute to an empowering experience.