This unit provides the opportunity for students to explore the scope of contemporary midwifery practice from a primary healthcare perspective. A ‘with woman’ approach where pregnancy, birth and parenting are considered a normal experience and midwifery practice is based on a wellness and social model of health, underpins this unit. The context of maternity care in Australia and the role of the midwife and professional standards for practice are explored. The unit emphasises the importance of culturally safe midwifery care and evidence for practice. Additionally the art and soul of midwifery, the beauty of birth and the creation of a mother, father and family are highlighted.