“Women did not want an acquaintance or stranger providing care which could offer a superficial connection. Instead, they wanted a relationship with depth wherein the care provider truly knew the woman as an individual with unique needs and expectations. Jasmine felt safe and assured in the strength and closeness of her relationship with her midwife who knew what I was like and what I wanted and what I didn’t want … listened to my other stories in my other births so she knew what had happened there and there was a relationship. Nancy stated that if she experienced any complications she wanted to trust the midwife caring for her to assist her in decisions: to really know that person and trust them so that in that birth situation I would trust them and what they were going to say so that if there were any big decisions to be made I would believe them. Having a relationship based on trust and respect also enabled Rachel to feel confident in making necessary decisions under the guidance of her midwife: “not that we wouldn’t go medically if we had to but more that we’d do it as informed people rather than just scared people, so that’s probably the main things that I really liked.”
– Davison et al (2015).
Davison C, Hauck YL, Bayes SJ et al (2015). The relationship is everything: Women’s reasons for choosing a privately practising midwife in Western Australia. Midwifery: doi:10.1016/j.midw.2015.04.012