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Data holds key

We should take the opportunity to ensure safe and respectful maternity care for all women. As a society we require rigorous data, to evaluate outcomes and identify poor quality maternity care. Data holds key: It demonstrates the size and nature of problems, and brings clarity around who is falling through the cracks. An improved national

Compassion – 2

Compassion and why it is relevant in maternity care We know that compassion and support generally feature high on pregnant women’s wish lists. We also know that some pregnant women fear the pan of childbirth. But do maternity care providers feel that managing pain is more useful than compassion? There’s plenty of science now that

Compassion – 1

How to Assess Compassion? "Compassion, can affect not only the outcomes for our patients, but also the financial health of our organizations and the well-being of our providers." — Donald Berwick, MD President emeritus, Institute for Healthcare Improvement Do you feel respected and in partnership with your maternity care professional?  This simple 5-item tool measures

Dignity and respect is at the heart of maternity care

The Essence of Dignity and Respect Excellent maternity care has a unique ability to dignify. It can make women feel valued, respected, honoured and seen. Dignified care and environments are those in which both the woman’s values and vulnerability are acknowledged and accommodated simultaneously, where she is recognised, understood, treated with safety, fairness and accountability.

Global Dignity Day

Dignity The right of every human being to live a dignified life, a life worthy of honour and respect. This includes pregnant women and dignity as the guiding factor for every action Dignity is evidenced by the values of respect, kindness, understanding, tolerance, and compassion. The right to dignity incudes access to health care, education,

The Maternal Metamorphosis

The Maternal Metamorphosis: Becoming a mother in Australia (1945-2020) The 2021 Trevor Reese Memorial Lecture delivered by historian Dr Carla Pascoe Leahy from the University of Melbourne examines the changing cultural attitudes towards motherhood, changing theories of maternal subjectivity, and how mothers’ own experiences are remembered in oral history interviews. The lecture asks what happens

Woman-centred Maternity Care

Woman-centred Maternity Care Woman-centred maternity care supports women to develop the knowledge, skills and confidence they need to effectively manage and make informed decisions about their own health and maternity care. These skills will be valuable as she becomes a mother, enhancing her ability to make informed decisions regarding the health care of her child.

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