Philosophy

Childbearing is a part of the life cycle. We believe women’s bodies are designed for the normal process of pregnancy and birth.

At the Birth and Women’s Center, we believe:

  • Women have the right to health care which is medically safe, fits their lifestyles, and recognizes and respects their individual physical, social, spiritual, psychological, and economic needs.
  • All women have the right to choose a birthing environment which addresses their individual needs and desires.
  • Women and families have the right and responsibility to take an active role in their own health care.
  • Because pregnancy and childbirth are normal, healthy processes, the role of the caregiver is to support and promote these normal processes using medical interventions only when mother or baby are at risk.
  • Confidence in the normal processes of pregnancy and birth should be promoted in all aspects of maternity care.
  • Because childbirth affects more than just mothers and babies, maternity care should support all family members and promote the well-being of the family unit.
  • Parents should have the freedom to choose the extent to which siblings and extended family members are involved in the childbearing experience.
  • Education is an essential part of quality of health care. Only when women and their families have access to information are they able to take an active role in their own health care