“Birth is not only about making babies. Birth is about making mothers–strong, competent, capable mothers who trust themselves and know their inner strength.”
― Barbara Katz Rothman
Pregnancy and birth should be viewed as normal, healthy events in a woman’s life. Unnecessary interference in the birth process can disrupt the body’s normal function, leading to intervention-caused complications. The role of midwifeshould be as guardian of the normal in childbirth. The birthing woman who has her physical and emotional needs met, and who is given skillful and caring support during pregnancy and birth, has the best chance for a normal and positive birth experience. In an atmosphere of warmth, calmness, freedom of movement and nurturing support, a woman can relax and work with her body in the way that is best suited to her particular birth. If complications arise, the mother can continue to feel empowered in her role if she is given complete and honest information and is listened to in the decision-making process.