Midwife means “with woman”, and this ancient, woman-centered practice honors a woman’s right to be well informed, to be respected in her wishes and nurtured in her process.


The Midwives Model of Care is based on the fact that pregnancy and birth are normal life events. The Midwives Model of Care includes:

  • monitoring the physical, psychological and social well-being of the mother throughout the childbearing cycle;

  • providing the mother with individualized education, counseling, and prenatal care, continuous hands-on assistance during labor and delivery, and postpartum support;

  • minimizing technological interventions; and

  • identifying and referring women who require obstetrical attention.


The application of this model has been proven to reduce the incidence of birth injury, trauma, and cesarean section.


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For more information please visit the Midwives Alliance of North America (MANA).


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