Midwives themselves seem to define their profession in a way that's consistent with the holistic approach described by many posters on this thread:
http://www.mymidwife.org/index.cfm?id=3 (the consumer arm of http://www.acnm.org/)
|The Midwives Model of Care
The Midwives Model of Care is based on the fact that pregnancy and birth are normal life processes.
The Midwives Model of Care includes:
* Monitoring the physical, psychological, and social well-being of the mother throughout the childbearing cycle
* Providing the mother with individualized education, counseling, and prenatal care, continuous hands-on assistance during labor and delivery, and postpartum support
* Minimizing technological interventions
* Identifying and referring women who require obstetrical attention
The application of this woman-centered model of care has been proven to reduce the incidence of birth injury, trauma, and cesarean section.
|the philosophy of nurse-midwifery care "focuses on the needs of the individual and family for physical care, emotional and social support and active involvement of significant others according to cultural values and personal preferences."
Midwives listen to women, and always provide the information you need to make informed and educated decisions about your healthcare.