What is a Midwife?

A midwife is a healthcare provider who specializes in normal pregnancy and birth, providing complete prenatal, labour, birth and postpartum care to childbearing families.  Midwives are experts in normal birth and strive to provide holistic women-centred care.  A midwife is a primary care professional who supports women to give birth under the midwife's direct responsibility.  Midwifery care includes the provision of preventative measures, the promotion of normal birth, the detection of complications in the mother and baby, as well as the execution of emergency measures if necessary.  Midwives can also order genetic testing, bloodwork, ultrasounds and prescription medications when needed.