Respectful care in labour
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Provision of respectful care in labour requires awareness of the special circumstances of childbirth as a natural process. The need for woman centred humanistic care runs alongside the duty to provide access to clinical interventions as required, recognising the limitations of risk assessment. Avoidance of over medicalisation and inappropriate interventions contributes to respectful care, as does leadership to develop and sustain good working relationships among staff, so that women experience care provided by staff who are functioning at their best. Institutionalising respectful care provision alongside evidence based clinical practice represents the goal of ‘mother-baby friendly birthing facilities’ as advocated by FIGO.
Stones , W 2016 , ' Respectful care in labour ' Obstetrics, Gynaecology & Reproductive Medicine , vol 26 , no. 11 , pp. 341-342 . DOI: 10.1016/j.ogrm.2016.08.005
Obstetrics, Gynaecology & Reproductive Medicine
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