"Naturally, the midwifery model describes
the practice of many midwives, and the medical model describes the
practice of many doctors. But many caregivers combine elements of both.
It is possible, but less common, to find doctors whose practice most
closely resembles the midwifery model of care and midwives whose
practice most closely resembles the medical model.
Thinking about these different views can help you to understand your
own values and ideas about pregnancy and birth, and can help you select
a caregiver who is compatible with your needs and values. Many women
have a clear preference for one or the other of these models."
From Choosing a Caregiver at Childbirth Connection