Informed Decision Making

MCM2015-3Women are active decision-makers in the care they receive; midwives give information to help women make informed decisions.

Midwives believe:

  • You have the right to make choices about all areas of your care.
  • You should be actively involved in your own care.
  • You should feel comfortable talking to your midwife if you are worried, unsure, or have a question.
  • You should have time to consider your options and discuss them with your midwife.

For example, your midwife will give you information about different tests during your pregnancy. Your midwife will explain the tests, your choices, and any recommendations. You will choose whether or not to take the tests. It is your decision.

Your midwife:

  • Understands that every pregnant person is different.
  • Will give you information you need and answer your questions.
  • Respects you as the main decision-maker.
  • Can make recommendations about your choices.
  • Will support your decisions.

In emergency or urgent situations:

  • Before labour, you and your midwife will discuss common emergencies related to labour and birth. Your midwife is highly trained at handling emergencies related to labour and birth.
  • If an emergency happens, your midwife will keep you as involved and informed as possible. Your health and the health of your baby is your midwife’s top concern.