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Midwifery care is based on the following beliefs:

Childbearing is a normal physiological process that requires physical, emotional and social adaptations by the woman and her family.
Although as midwives we are trained to recognise deviations from normal, it is our special role to protect and respect normal pregnancy, labour and birth. This practice combines the traditional art and science of midwifery.
We provide support and encouragement with an understanding of the emotional aspects of pregnancy, labour, birth and the importance of birth as a family event.
Enhancement of the family's sense of responsibility for their own healthcare is an important aspect of the professional relationship. Midwives promote decision making as a shared responsibility between the woman, her family and her caregiver, but the woman is recognised as the primary decision-maker. She is encouraged to actively participate in and make choices about the manner in which her care is provided throughout her pregnancy, birth and post-partum experience. Midwifery care includes education and counseling which enable a woman to make informed choices about her care, and where, how and with whom she will give birth.
Fundamental to midwifery care is the understanding that a woman's caregiver will respect and support her so that she may give birth with power and dignity. Continuity of care is an important aspect of midwifery. This is accomplished by the presence of a known and trusted caregiver.
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