With expertise in promoting optimal pregnancy, physiologic birth, postpartum care, and care of the newborn, midwives can help women and families achieve health and wellness through many stages of life.
A small group of known midwives will provide care throughout your pregnancy, labour, birth and the first six weeks following birth. Continuity of care ensures that a midwife you know will be at your labour and birth. Clients can contact a midwife 24 hours a day, 7 days a week with urgent concerns.
Choosing where to give birth is one of the decisions that your midwife will support you to make. Midwifery clients may decide to give birth safely at home, or in hospital. Midwives are the only health-care professionals who are specifically trained to attend out-of-hospital births. Midwives also attend births in hospitals. They are able to admit and discharge clients and access hospital resources needed by clients, including a consultation from a physician if there is a concern or complication.
Midwives recognize clients as the primary decision makers and provide informed choice in all aspects of care by, for example, providing information so that clients are informed when making decisions about preferences for their labour and birth, as well as any tests or interventions that are available.
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