The Practice
of Midwifery

Licensed midwife delivers water birth.

What Is Midwifery?

  • Midwives provide care for women and childbearing families with respect for cultural diversity while also working to eliminate harmful practices within those same cultures.
  • Midwives encourage realistic expectations of childbirth by women within their own society, with the minimum expectation that no women should be harmed by conception or childbearing.
  • Midwives use their professional knowledge through training and professional credentials to ensure safe birthing practices in all environments and cultures.
  • Midwives respond to the psychological, physical, emotional and spiritual needs of women seeking health care, whatever their circumstances.
  • Midwives act as effective role models in health promotion for women throughout their life cycle, for families and for other health professionals.

Midwives actively seek personal, intellectual and professional growth throughout their midwifery career, integrating this growth into their practice.

Differences Between A Midwife & A Doula

  • Birth doulas offer emotional support, encouragement and wisdom throughout labor and birth. Postpartum doulas support women and families through the transformation that a new baby brings to a family. 
  • Midwives are trained health care professionals who provide maternity and gynecological care. All of our midwives are licensed by the medical board, and are responsible for the health and safety of mom and baby, just as a doctor is.
Baby check-up with licensed midwife.