Midwives provide primary health care for well women during pregnancy and childbirth, and care for mother and baby for six weeks after birth.
Midwives are an essential component of most maternity services. In fact, a midwife is the primary caregiver at the birth of 70% of the world's babies. Except for PEI, Newfoundland & Labrador, and the Yukon, midwifery is being integrated in to the health systems in all parts of Canada.
The information on this page has been written and gathered together for women and families like you, interested in what midwifery is and what it can do for you.
What Midwives Do Now in video streaming!
This excellent booklet describes what a midwife is, what they do, why we
need midwifery, midwives as primary health care providers, their scope of
practice, and the midwifery contribution to primary health care renewal.
Published by the Atlantic
Centre of Excellence for Women's Health - April 2006
You may download it from their site.
published by Women and Health Care Reform, with financial support from the Women’s Health Contribution
Program, Bureau of Women’s Health and Gender Analysis, Health Canada.
If you prefer, you may download it from their site.