Tag: woman-centredness

Another way of supporting women who wish to decline

A paper published in an Australian midwifery journal has proposed a woman-centred framework for documentation and communication when women decide to decline aspects of maternity care. This is an important issue, as the authors note in the background to their…

What is person-centred care?

A student midwife recently asked, ‘Do you have a good explanation of ‘person-centred care’?’ Yes, thanks to a recent editorial in the British Medical Journal. “People-centered care moves away from traditional care models where care is determined by uniform procedures…

What’s in a word?

‘Language is important and influential. I request that the Journal stop using (and letting authors use) the term obstetric when talking about midwifery care. Obstetrics is what obstetricians do, midwifery is what midwives do, and maternity care is what we…

“A revolution is a transfer of power…”

“The Victorian parliamentarian and novelist Edward Bulwer-Lytton declared, “A reform is a correction of abuses; a revolution is a transfer of power.” Patient centred care began as a correction of abuses, a response to patients being treated like “imbeciles and…

Do midwives kiss babies?

For a few years now, I have been blogging regularly about birth, midwifery and my work in these areas and, as a result of this, I have learned quite a bit about how the Internet works. Blogs, for instance, come…

The true midwives…

“Being with someone, murmuring along with their heartbeat, breathing with them, is a lost art. The true midwives of birth and death, those who keep vigil at the bedposts, are rare. They are the people whose eyes are accustomed to…

‘Risk talk’ and reducing fear

Today, I’m sharing a study which I wrote about in my newsletter a few weeks ago. Canadian midwife Vicki van Wagner (2016) looked at ‘risk talk’ and shows how it is possible to use language and other strategies in order…

When the simplest ideas are the best…

Many women find pelvic examination painful, uncomfortable, embarrassing or traumatic, and there are several elements of this which deserve the attention of those who recommend and/or undertake such screening tests. But a recent study by Neuhaus et al (2016) has…