Our Approach to Maternity Care

At Honeycomb Midwives we provide care under a model and philosophy which includes the belief that women have the right to make informed choices. We support women’s choices by learning about you and your values, and by providing you with up-to-date information about health care options so you can make the best choice for you and your family.

We provide a low intervention style of care that seeks to avoid any unnecessary use of drugs or technology. Our midwives help mothers cope during labour with breathing techniques, emotional support, position changes, water therapy and massage (which reduces the need for drugs and epidurals). In some cases, the use of drugs, epidurals and other technology is necessary, and midwifery clients use them if needed.

We believe that each woman and each birth is unique and should be respected and supported as such. A midwife will be with you through your pregnancy and postpartum period to answer questions and provide emotional, medical and educational support.

the Canadian Model of Midwifery Practice

The midwifery model of practice is based on the assumption that most pregnancies, labors, and births are normal biological processes that result in healthy outcomes for both mothers and babies. It focuses on maximizing the health and wellness of a woman and her baby, identifying and managing medical problems early on, and attending to the emotional, social, and spiritual aspects of pregnancy and birth. 

Midwifery care seeks to protect, support, and avoid interfering with the unique rhythm, character, and timing of each woman’s labor. Midwives are trained to be vigilant in identifying women with serious complications. Medical expertise and interventions are sought when necessary but are not used routinely.

Barbara Katz Rothman

“Birth is not only about making babies. Birth is about making mothers - strong, competent, capable mothers who trust themselves and know their inner strength.”