A midwife is someone who is skilled in her craft, confident in herself and her abilities. She is strong both physically and emotionally. She understands that birth is a transformative and deeply spiritual experience. She has a strong commitment to social justice and also to furthering direct-entry midwifery. A midwife is supportive of birthing women, allowing choice and autonomy for the birthing mother while at the same time knowing when she needs to intervene. To that end, she is an excellent listener and advocate for parents, families, and future midwives. She is an active member of her local community as well as a player in larger, state and nation-wide policy decisions about homebirth.