12 Days of Birth: Day 11

If your care providers talk about what they will “let you” do or not do during labor, most likely they do not truly follow Woman-Centered Maternity Care.

The Institute of Medicine (IOM) defines patient-centered care as: “Providing care that is respectful of and responsive to individual patient preferences, needs, and values, and ensuring that patient values guide all clinical decisions.”*

Woman-centered maternity care is modeled on patient-centered care, but relates specifically to maternity care. Also, I like that it doesn’t label the laboring mother as a ‘patient’. This makes sense, since she’s not sick. Birth is (usually) not an emergency; it’s an emergence.

For more information on this type of care, read Evidence Based Birth’s post on What is Patient-Centered Maternity Care?

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*Institute on Medicine. Crossing the Quality Chasm: A New Health System for the 21st Century. Retrieved 23 December 2013.

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