Prince Edward Island's Midwifery Advocacy Group

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Midwifery means "with women"

Now is the time to work together.

This movement isn’t about natural birth vs. medicated birth. It’s not about hospital birth vs. home or birth centre birth.

It’s about women being capable of making safer, more informed decisions about their care and that of their babies, when they are given full and accurate information about their care options, including the potential harms, benefits and alternatives.

Then, within that choice, they are treated with dignity and compassion.
— Dawn Thompson

Medical Model of Care

Midwifery Model of Care

  • Provider is primary actor ("delivers" baby from "patient")
  • Woman is primary actor ("births) baby as "client")
  • Labour and birth are managed as pathological conditions
  • Labour and birth are supported as normal life events
  • Interventions are routine
  • Interventions are only used when necessary
  • Birth takes place within preferences and policies of provider/institution
  • Birth takes place within needs and preferences of the woman
  • Health focus on survival
  • Health focus on emotional, mental and physical well-being
  • Provider often "assume risk" for decisions
  • Woman meant to "assume risk" for decisions
The Pathway Doula Services has received no monies or verbal contracts of preferences for doula work on the Island for hosting this website for BORN PEI's Midwifery Advocacy Group. This page was created and is maintained solely on a volunteer basis and in the hopes and spirit of furthering our cause of bringing regulated, funded Midwifery to PEI. Please feel free to contact us should you have questions or concerns.