"Professional autonomy, therefore, implies that midwives determine and control the standards for midwifery education, midwifery regulation and midwifery practice.
The concept of professional autonomy does not mean working alone or in isolation from the woman or colleagues."
MIDWIVES PUT WOMEN FIRST
EVERY WOMAN DESERVES A MIDWIFE
“Skilled, knowledgeable and compassionate care for childbearing women, newborn infants and families across the continuum throughout pre-pregnancy, pregnancy, birth, postpartum and the early weeks of life.
Core characteristics include optimizing normal biological, psychological, social and cultural processes of reproduction and early life, timely prevention and management of complications, consultation with and referral to other services, respecting women’s individual circumstances and views, and working in partnership with women to strengthen women’s own capabilities to care for themselves and their families.”
The Lancet ~ Midwifery Series 2014