What is a Midwife?

Registered Midwives in BC offer primary maternity care to healthy pregnant women and their newborn babies from early pregnancy, through labour and birth, until about six weeks postpartum. Midwifery is grounded in the belief that having a baby is a natural life process and an opportunity for considerable growth. The intent of midwifery care is to enhance these life experiences.

The practice of midwifery is based on the understanding that pregnancy, labour and birth are profound experiences which carry significant meaning for a woman, her family and her community. Midwifery is a partnership between a midwife, woman and her family which is based on mutual respect. The woman is the center of the childbirth experience and a great influence on the health and well-being of herself and her baby. Midwives promote wellness in women, babies and families both autonomously and in collaboration with other health care professionals.

Midwives listen, observe, educate, guide, and care. They order and interpret tests and discuss results. They screen for physical, psychological, emotional and social health. They are with women during pregnancy, labour and birth, normal and complicated. They catch babies. They do home visits postpartum. They help with breastfeeding and adjusting to life with a new baby. They work together and with other health professionals. They practice evidence-based, woman-centered maternity and newborn care and are an established part of the BC health care system.

Midwifery services are covered by the BC provincial health plan and referrals from a family physician, or other practitioner, are not necessary. If you are interested in becoming a client, please fill out our client intake form. Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions or concerns.

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