Today is Giving Tuesday, “a global generosity movement unleashing the power of people and organizations to transform their communities and the world.”
We know that the health and wellbeing of infants and children is critically connected to the health and wellbeing of their mother. By defending women’s dignity, safety and rights – we raise up women, families and communities.
Advocating respectful maternity care – due regards for the feelings, wishes, or rights of women.
- Collaboration – maternity care professionals working cooperatively with women, sharing unbiased information, sharing responsibility.
- Consumer Voice – Women shaping policy, planning, service provision and evaluation by collaboratively working towards a shared vision for maternity care
- Choice – a range of reliable evidence-based options of maternity care from which a woman can choose.
- Continuity of carer – Care from a known midwife and or doctor to ensure reliable evidenced based care founded on a relationship of mutual trust and respect in line with the woman’s decisions
Promoting the right to Dignity – the right of a woman to be valued and respected. Dignity is evidenced by the values of respect, kindness, understanding, tolerance, and compassion.
- Compassion – sensitive to the experience of birthing women, combined with a willingness to help and promote their well-being
- Equity – the absence of avoidable or remediable differences among groups of people, whether those groups are defined socially, economically, demographically, or geographically.
Educating about Autonomy – focusing on the woman and respecting her power and control over her own life and her own care.
- Continuity of carer – Care from a known midwife and or doctor to ensure reliable evidenced based care founded on a relationship of mutual trust and respect in line with the woman’s decisions.
- Consent – the process of informed decision and permission granted by the woman, with full knowledge of the possible consequences
We at Maternal Health Matters Inc are so grateful for your support of our work to achieve respectful maternity care for all childbearing women and their babies.