About Midwifery

According to the Midwives Association of BC, “midwives are experts in healthy pregnancy and birth. In BC, registered midwives offer primary maternity care to healthy pregnant clients and their newborn babies from early pregnancy, through labour and birth, until about six weeks following delivery. They practice evidence-based, client-centered maternity and newborn care and are an established part of the BC health care system.”

And, according to the BC College of Nurses & Midwives, “a midwife is a licensed professional who provides primary care to clients and babies during pregnancy, labour, birth, and the postpartum period. As primary care providers, midwives may be the first point of entry to perinatal services and are fully responsible for clinical decisions and the management of care within their scope of practice. A midwife completes a four-year university program that covers a wide variety of subjects related to midwifery, ethics, and clinical skills.”
A midwife is a trusted ally with skilled hands who provides reproductive health care by honouring the physiology of birth, supporting bodily autonomy, facilitating informed-choice and holding space for our clients as they grow their families.
Ace Porter

Philosophy of Care

Midwifery care is based on the understanding that childbearing is a healthy progression through the life cycle. Midwives uphold pregnancy and childbirth as a state of health that is a normal physiological process, and a profound event in a person’s life.

The key philosophies of midwifery are continuity of care, informed choice, choice of birth setting and collaboration with other health professionals.
Continuity of care is a philosophy and a process that enables midwives to develop a relationship with clients and provide safe, personalized care.
Midwives recognize pregnant individuals as the primary decision maker, while promoting shared responsibility between their family and other professionals involved in their care.

Midwives encourage informed choice by providing complete, relevant and objective information throughout the childbearing cycle in a supportive manner. This enables clients to develop understanding, responsibility and control over their own health and that of their newborn.

Midwives’ competency and willingness to attend a person in their choice of birthplace is essential to midwifery care. All people, regardless of their socio-economic circumstances, have a right to accessible, comprehensive midwifery care.

Fundamental to midwifery care is the respect and support provided to each individual so that they may give birth safely with power and dignity.