1. Respect basic human rights and the dignity of all persons.
2. Respect their own self-worth, dignity, and professional integrity.
3. Develop a partnership with the woman in which each shares relevant information that leads to informed decision-making, consent to an evolving plan of care, and acceptance of responsibility for the outcome of their choices.
4. Act without discrimination based on factors such as age, gender, race, ethnicity, religion, lifestyle, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, disability, or nature of the health problem.
5. Provide an environment where privacy is protected and in which all pertinent information is shared without bias, coercion, or deception.
6. Maintain confidentiality except where disclosure is mandated by law.
7. Maintain the necessary knowledge, skills, and behaviors needed for competence.
8. Protect women, their families and colleagues from harmful, unethical, and incompetent practices by taking appropriate action that may include reporting as mandated by law.
9. Promote, advocate for, and strive to protect the rights, health, and well-being of women, families, and communities.
10. Promote just distribution of resources and equity in access to quality health services.
11. Promote and support the education of midwifery students and peers, standards of practice, research, and policies that enhance the health of women, families, and communities.