Midwives: A midwife is a professional trained in the management of normal labor and birth. The term midwife is used to describe a number of different types of health practitioners, other than doctors, who provide prenatal care to expecting mothers, attend the birth of the infant and provide postnatal care to the mother and infant. Midwives are trained specialists who tend to focus on natural biological process, paternal participation, infant bonding, drug-free birth, and maternal and infant health. Midwives can work in a home or birthing center setting. They may offer complete prenatal, birth, postpartum and well woman gynecological care.
To become a midwife it is necessary to be able to successfully complete the prescribed course of studies in midwifery and has acquire the requisite qualifications to be registered and/or legally licensed to practice midwifery. She must be able to give the necessary supervision, care and advice to women during pregnancy, labor and the postpartum period, to conduct deliveries on her own responsibility and to care for the newborn and the infant.