Responsibility and Accountability
We will take responsibility for our actions and mistakes, and we will not be afraid to provide accountability to others so they can take responsibility for their actions and mistakes.
We recognize that education is the best way to change misinformed beliefs and promote informed choices, and we will strive to educate mothers, health care professionals, and the public at every opportunity.
Mother and Baby Friendly
We will engage in practices and partner with people and companies who are mother and baby friendly, always taking into consideration what is best for the mother/baby dyad.
We will engage in practices and partner with companies who are environmentally friendly, recognizing that the earth supports us all.
We support women, and recognize that pregnancy and birth are uniquely female experiences. Women have the right to decide if they will give birth, and they have the right to decide where and how they will give birth, and who will be in attendance.
Listening to Mothers Voices and Sacredness of Birth
We will listen to the voices of mothers and honour every mother, even those who disagree with our perspectives. We recognize the sacredness of each birth, and honour each story.
We will strive to provide the best information possible about best practices, and acknowledge each woman’s right to her informed choices.
Non-Judgement of Women and the Flawed System
We will not judge women for their beliefs and choices. We recognize that the system is flawed, and we will work to change the system to support women in evidence-based best practices.
Dignity and Worth
We will treat everyone with dignity, recognizing their intrinsic worth as a human being, even those who engage in practices that cause harm to mothers and babies.
We will speak out on behalf of ourselves and our sisters, recognizing that not everyone has the experiences and education that we do, and that we are trying to shape the world into a place that is better for mothers, babies, and society as a whole.
We recognize the power of creative solutions, and will be open to new ways of doing and seeing.
We recognize the power of collaboration, and will collaborate with others who have similar purposes and perspectives to help us achieve our vision.
We recognize the importance of sound research to provide a solid foundation for best practices and education.
We will engage in practices that are fair to those who are in our employment or who are being compensated for their work. We will partner with others who also engage in fair practices.
We care about mothers and babies around the world, regardless of religion, socioeconomic status, ethnicity, sexual orientation, or any other markers of diversity, and will work towards optimum maternity care practices in both developed and developing nations.