Informed decision-making is an integral part of your care with midwives. We support a shared-care model where midwives and women work together to create decisions based on sharing information and understanding values in a respectful environment. We believe it is our job to provide you with current research information, as well as our individual and collective healthcare experience, about important health care decisions so that you can make a decision that is right for you and your family.
This is one of the main reasons why we have longer visits than the average health care provider. We book our visits to be 30-45 minutes – so that we can learn about you and your family in addition to ensuring you and your baby’s health.
The decisions you will make throughout your maternity care include choices around screening tests, conventional procedures, and birth setting. We will inform you what the larger medical community standards of care are, what your chosen hospital policies are (if you plan a hospital birth), as well what our midwifery scope of care is (as defined by our College of Midwives of BC); at the same time we recognize that people come from all walks of life, and the best care for their individual situation may vary. We offer you resources and dialogue, to help you make decisions about your care in pregnancy, birth and postpartum. We believe, and the research shows us, that when you make decisions based on valid information in a supportive environment, ultimately you make better decisions and feel more satisfied.