Woman centred care: has the definition been morphing of late?

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Rigg, Elizabeth and Dahlen, Hannah. 2021. "Woman centred care: has the definition been morphing of late?" Women and Birth. 34 (1), pp. 1-3. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.wombi.2020.12.013
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Woman centred care: has the definition been morphing of late?

ERA Journal ID30465
Article CategoryEditorial
AuthorsRigg, Elizabeth (Author) and Dahlen, Hannah (Author)
Journal TitleWomen and Birth
Journal Citation34 (1), pp. 1-3
Number of Pages3
Year2021
PublisherElsevier
Place of PublicationNetherlands
ISSN1871-5192
1878-1799
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1016/j.wombi.2020.12.013
Web Address (URL)https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1871519220303917
Abstract

The International Year of the Nurse and Midwife (2020) provided us with many challenges, during what should have been a year of celebration. This Special Issue honours the contributions midwives make to excellence in caring for women and their babies. We include papers from around the world, with topics ranging from supporting women and midwives during COVID-19, to workforce, education, models of care, politics and much more. At the heart of our profession is the deeply valued philosophy of woman centred care. While there are many ways woman centred care is referred to (including erroneously as women centred care), it has roots in midwifery. Continuity of midwifery care is often seen as an integral part of this. Taking an example from Australia over the past 20 years, we call on midwives around the world to be vigilant about how this central underpinning philosophy can be changed in subtle but powerful ways.

Keywordswoman centred care, birth, midwives practice
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020420401. Clinical midwifery
420402. Models of care and place of birth
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Byline AffiliationsSchool of Nursing and Midwifery
University of Western Sydney
Institution of OriginUniversity of Southern Queensland
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