I believe that birth is a safe, normal, physiological experience/event. I believe that women are strong human beings who are de­signed to experience birth and are fully capable of birthing naturally. I believe that babies were also designed to emerge from the experience safely and unharmed. I believe that good nutrition is an essential component of safe birthing. I believe that a well-trained and well-equipped home birth midwifery team offers healthy women and their families a safe opportunity to give birth in an envi­ronment of confidence, relaxation, trust, and security. I believe that beginnings are important, and that a gentle, natural birth is a wonderful way for a baby to enter the world. I believe babies and mothers should not be separated at birth. Above all, I believe that women can and should be empowered by pregnancy and birth.