Calgary Birth Essentials - For Families

We Believe:

  • The childbearing year of pregnancy, birth, breastfeeding and early parenting are natural life processes and are uniquely significant to each individual and family.
  • Parents to be and new parents’ needs should be addressed from a holistic perspective, and consideration should be made to the uniqueness of each family.
  • All information provided to families should be current and evidence based.
  • Information given about the natural process and alternatives of childbirth and the appropriate use of medical technology in childbirth should be current and accurate.
  • Women and their partners should be supported in their choice of childbirth.
  • In a low risk situation, women have all the internal resources required to gestate, birth, breastfeed, and parent their babies without routine medical intervention.
  • Effective childbirth education, access to community connections and resources and continuous supportive care during pregnancy, childbirth and the postpartum makes for the best maternal, family and neonatal outcomes.
  • Every chosen member of one’s birth team has an important role to play. With a respect to all members’ roles and good communication, all team members can create a safe and gratifying birth experience.
  • Doulas and childbirth educators need to clearly communicate their scope of practice and practice within this scope.
  • Effective communication and trust are key elements of any effective team!