About Midwives of Windsor

Midwifery care is based on a respect for pregnancy as a state of health, and childbirth as a normal physiologic process. Midwifery care embraces the diversity of women’s needs. Midwifery also supports the variety of personal and cultural meanings attributed to the pregnancy, birth, and early parenting experience by women, families, and their communities.

The maintenance and promotion of health throughout the childbearing cycle are central to midwifery care. Midwives focus on preventative care and the appropriate use of technology. Care is continuous, personalized, and non-authoritarian. It responds to a woman’s social, emotional, cultural, and physical needs. Midwives encourage the woman to actively participate in her care throughout pregnancy, birth and the postpartum, and to make choices about the manner in which her care is provided. Midwives respect the woman’s right to choice of caregiver and place of birth in accordance with the Standards of Practice of the College of Midwives of Ontario. Midwives are able to attend birth in a variety of settings – including birth at home.

Midwifery promotes decision-making as a shared responsibility between the woman, her family (as defined by the woman) and her caregivers. The woman is recognized as the primary decision-maker. Midwifery care includes education and counselling, enabling a woman to make informed choices. Fundamental to midwifery care is the understanding that a woman’s caregivers respect and support her (and her decisions) so that she may give birth safely with power and dignity.