The Canadian Association of Midwives (CAM) is the national organization representing midwives and the profession of midwifery in Canada.
CAM supports the National Aboriginal Council of Midwives (NACM) as the voice of Aboriginal midwifery. The mission of CAM is to provide leadership and advocacy for midwifery throughout Canada as an autonomous, self-regulated, publicly funded and vital part of primary maternal and newborn care. CAM promotes the development of the profession in the public interest and contributes the midwifery perspective to the national health policy agenda.
The vision of the Canadian Association of Midwives is that midwifery is fundamental to maternal and newborn health services, and that everyone in Canada will have access to a midwife’s care for themselves and their baby.
The Canadian Association of Midwives believes that:
- Midwifery care promotes and facilitates the normal, healthy process of pregnancy, childbirth and breastfeeding and supports the client’s confidence in their own abilities.
- Midwives are experts in low-risk pregnancy and birth, and can improve the childbirth experience and health outcomes for individuals at all risk levels.
- Partnership with clients, continuity of care, informed choice, evidence-based care, choice of birthplace and community-based services are fundamental to midwifery care in Canada.
- Midwifery care should be universally accessible in Canada, regardless of socioeconomic circumstances.
- All maternity care providers must respect and embrace human dignity, diversity and equity in every facet of their work with clients and colleagues.
- Effective, sustainable maternity care must centre on the self-determined needs of individuals, families and communities and support birth close to home.
- Midwives must be full partners in developing and implementing the public policy agenda on maternity and newborn care and health human resource planning.
- Research, especially midwife-led research, is an important component of ensuring best practice and evidence-based care.
- Midwives globally play an essential role in promoting health and reducing maternal and infant morbidity and mortality.
- The potential of midwifery to enhance the wellbeing of individuals, families and society should be valued and promoted.