Midwives have always played a central role in health promotion, empowering women and, consequently their families, in every stage of the life cycle. The "health choices" depend on socio-cultural rather than scientific issues and have important psycho-physical and socio-economic implications in people’s lives. Scientific research and health policies need a systemic and integrated vision for evolving. The paradigm of the psychoneuroendocrinoimmunology (Pnei), compared to the biomedical reductionist model, allows the midwifery profession to express multiple potentialities. Giving priority to disease prevention, using mind-body practices and pro-active, continuous and interdisciplinary care pathways, can both improve the community wellbeing and enhance the "professional resilience".
Keywords: Woman-centred midwifery care, Empowerment, Professional resilience, Integrated health, Interoception, Adaptive behaviors.