Midwives of Lindsay and the Lakes

Midwifery is based on a respect for pregnancy as a state of health and childbirth as a normal physiologic process and a profound event for the whole family.

Care is continuous, personalized and non-authoritarian. It responds to a woman's social, emotional and cultural as well as physical needs.

The maintenance and promotion of health throughout the childbearing cycle are central to midwifery care. Midwives focus on preventive care and the appropriate use of technology.

"Fundamental to midwifery care is the understanding that a woman's caregivers respect and support her so that she may give birth safely, with power and dignity.

Midwifery care respects the diversity of women’s needs and the variety of personal and cultural meanings which women, families and communities bring to the pregnancy, birth, and early parenting experience."

Philosophy of Midwifery Care in Ontario, College of Midwives of Ontario, 1994

“The practice of midwifery is the assessment and monitoring of women during pregnancy, labour and the post-partum period and of their newborn babies, the provision of care during normal pregnancy, labour and post-partum period and the conducting of spontaneous vaginal deliveries.”

Ontario Midwifery Act, 1991