As midwives, we believe the practice of midwifery to be distinct from the practice of medicine. We base our profession on the midwifery model of care:
A. Pregnancy and birth are a fundamentally healthy process.
B. Each woman is unique and her care should be tailored to meet her individual needs.
C. Attending to the emotional and spiritual components of childbearing are as important as appropriate antepartum, intrapartum and postpartum physical care.
D. Midwives should be trained by other midwives, be that training in a school or through apprenticeship and continuing education.
E. Midwives should maintain a professional attitude, and practice which promotes collegial relationships between physicians, midwives, and students.
F. The relationship between midwives and their clients is collaborative in nature.