About Us

Missouri Midwives Association (MMA) is a professional organization dedicated to promotion, protection, support and education for midwives in Missouri. Membership is open to all midwives, aspiring midwives, friends and supporters. Nearly every country in the world with maternal and infant mortality rates lower than the U.S. has midwives attending the majority of births. The Midwives Model of Care is a health-promoting, evidence-based wellness model that improves birth outcomes and is mother-friendly and baby-friendly. The goals of Missouri Midwives Association are:

  • to support the intrinsic right of women to give birth as they choose.
  • to support the intrinsic right of parents to choose the location and attendants for the births of their children.
  • to inform public policy makers about the birthing rights and needs of families.
  • to educate legislators and promote legislation concerning the basic and ongoing needs of Missouri families and the midwives who serve them.
  • to promote communication and cooperation between midwives and other professional and non-professional groups concerned with maternal and infant health.
  • to promote competence in midwifery practice.
  • to promote the discovery, encouragement, and training of midwives within each community where needed, thereby preserving community integrity.
  • to provide continuing educational opportunities which focus on the constant upgrading of midwifery skills.
  • to promote professional development and cooperative relationships between midwives.
  • to promote research in the field of midwifery care.