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Hands on a pregnant belly

“Increasing numbers of Canadian women are choosing midwives for four main reasons: midwives' philosophy of childbirth as a natural process, involving a wholistic and supportive approach; continuity of care throughout the childbearing year, which fosters safety and respect; cultural and political factors; and most importantly, the maintenance of a sense of control over their birth experience.”

”A brief overview of why women choose midwifery care ” by Annemarie van Oploo, BScN

“Midwives have been part of the human experience for as long as we know.The Latin term cum-mater and the Spanish and Portuguese term comadre, have the same meaning: with woman. At the present time, there is no doubt that midwives offer women safe, effective care with good outcomes; now midwives ourselves are looking at our practice to see just what we do that makes this so. We believe that the answer lies in our name; that is, we are ‘with women.’”

A Short History of Midwifery

"Well-behaved women rarely make history." (Laurel Thatcher Ulrich)