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Midwifery is health care profession in its own right in which providers offer care to childbearing women during pregnancy, labor and birth, during the postpartum period, and between pregnancies. Practitioners also help care for the newborn and assist the mother with breastfeeding. They provide birth control, education and prescriptions for well-woman health care as well.

Midwives are specialists in normal birth, childbirth, and postpartum, and well-woman health care.