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Midwifery practice is based on the concepts of health and well-being. Childbearing is a normal physiologic process for the majority of women, and a major life experience for women and their families. Midwives work autonomously and in collaboration with other care providers to promote health and well-being in women, babies and families.

Midwifery practice combines the art of caring with theoretical and research-based knowledge to enable women and babies to achieve optimal health from preconception, through pregnancy, labour, birth and the postpartum/neonatal periods. Midwives use knowledge when promoting, protecting and supporting breastfeeding to provide the optimal benefits for mothers and babies. Midwives provide women with current evidence based information to enable them to make an informed decision and support their informed choice by providing them with necessary information and assistance.

Midwifery practice provides continuity of care between midwives and women from preconception, through pregnancy, labour, birth, and the postpartum period. Midwifery care takes place in partnership with women and is provided in a manner that is holistic, flexible, creative, empowering and supportive.

Midwifery care should be available as a choice for all women with uncomplicated pregnancies, regardless of geographic location, socioeconomic status, age, cultural background, gender orientation, or religious persuasion.

Midwifery practice promotes decision making as a shared responsibility between the woman, her family, and her care providers. Midwives provide complete, current and objective information, including relevant details of their scope of practice and to enable women to make informed choices.

Midwifery care may be provided in any setting. Midwives are committed to choice of caregiver and place of birth. However, mutual respect and advocacy are fundamental to midwifery care to enable the woman to give birth in the planned place of choice.