Sustainable midwifery

Midwifery as a sustainable profession:

I practice and promote sustainable midwifery. This means I will use and promote sustainable practices wherever feasible and when they do not conflict with the health and safety of the women I work with.



Within a midwifery context sustainability incorporates aspects of  environmental, economic, cultural and social considerations. This philosophy goes hand-in-hand with a holistic midwifery approach to maternity care, where your midwife works to support you in these areas during your journey through pregnancy birth and postnatally. For this reason women need midwives, who need women to sustain their profession, (Joan Donnelly). The midwifery relationship and approach is an unique model of healthcare which is particular to New Zealand.




In a sustainable practice I endorse

  • Breastfeeding
  • Normal/natural birth
  • Cloth nappies
  • Natural fibres on baby
  • Homebirth
  • Healthy diet and natural foods in pregnancy and breastfeeding
  • Washable breast-pads
  • Water and cotton cloths as nappy wipes
  • Use of water only to bathe baby