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Mission, Vision & Goals

Full professional members of MAWS include Licensed Midwives and Certified Nurse Midwives. Associate members, an important part of the organization, include a wide range of health professionals, students and families who share an interest in midwifery.


To promote reproductive health and well-being through the development and support of the profession of midwifery.


  • Midwifery is the standard of care for all healthy individuals during the childbearing cycle.
  • Midwives support each other in maintaining and improving the quality of care.
  • The profession of midwifery is recognized as a safe and valid choice for reproductive
    health care.


  • Communication
  • Accountability
  • Shared Decision Making
  • Risk Assessment
  • Evidence Based Care
  • Continuity of Care
  • Equity and Inclusion


  • Promote public awareness and access to midwifery care.
  • Protect birthing options and support informed choice.
  • Lobby and advocate for issues related to midwifery and reproductive health care.
  • Support midwives through opportunities for continuing education and state protected independent peer review.
  • Promote accountability through data collection and a state approved quality assurance program.
  • Promote interprofessional communication and collaboration.

Equity and Inclusion Values Statement
(Updated June 2016)

We, the Board of Directors of the Midwives Association of Washington State, recognize that there is inherent strength and essential value in attaining equity in racial, geographic, and gender representation in our Board membership. We stand in awareness that our fullest capacities in leadership—and in building the profession—will be reached as we strive for and commit to the fullest representation possible of Washington's midwives and the families they serve.

In full recognition that leadership is a privilege, we as a Board envision and commit to removing barriers to Board membership that arise out of racial privilege and institutionalized racism, misplaced and outdated gender norms that contribute to gender inequality and the marginalization of those who are not cisgender women, and geographical distances that have prevented full participation of Washington's midwives in the past.

We believe that the full realization of these values among our Board leadership is one step in bringing the midwifery profession as a whole, its individual professional members, and midwifery consumers to an increased level of quality, access, collaboration, and unity that it is our goal as a community to achieve.

Approved 6/3/16 Revise June 2018