Definition of a Midwife from the World Health Organization
A Midwife is a person who is qualified to practice midwifery. She is trained to give the necessary care and advice to women during pregnancy, labor and the postnatal period, to conduct normal deliveries on her own responsibility, and to care for the newly born infant as well as having training in gynecology and child care. At all times she must be able to recognize the warning signs of abnormal or potentially abnormal conditions which necessitate referral to a doctor, and to carry out emergency measures in the absence of medical help. She may practice in hospitals, health units, or domiciliary services. In any one of these situations she has an important task in health education within the family and the community.
Links of Interest
Oregon Board of Direct Entry Midwifery
Birthing the Future
Midwives Alliance of North America
Oregon Midwifery Council (OMC)
Birthingway College of Midwifery