- Gentle, nurturing care that respects you, your family and your beliefs.
- Respect for your informed decisions about medical test,recommendations and interventions
- Willingness to support your birth plan,including any family members and friends you may want present at the birth
- Freedom to move, eat , bathe- to do what helps you during labor and birth; your midwife doesn't "prohibit" or "allow", but patiently supports and guides you as needed.
- Respect for the birth process as it unfolds uniquely each time.. Although amazing, being pregnant and giving birth are actually normal life processes for which a woman's body is well-designed. Each woman's experience is unique.
- Respectful care regardless of setting, although at present this kind of care is most readily found in homes and birth centers.
- Prenatal visits that allow plenty of time for questions and answeers -30-60 minutes for each prenatal appointment is common.
- Meaningful discussions to explore and help resolve fears and concerns you or your family may have.
- Caring attention to develop a trusting and nurturing relationship with you and your family that can help you to labor and give birth narutally and safely.