The International Mother Baby Childbirth Initiative has compiled 10 Steps to Optimal Mother/Baby Maternity Services.
Here is their summary.
Step 1. Treat every woman with respect and dignity.
Step 2. Possess and routinely apply midwifery knowledge and skills that optimize the normal physiology of birth and breastfeeding.
Step 3. Inform the mother of the many benefits of continuous support during labor and birth, and affirm her right to receive such support from companions of her choice.
Step 4. Provide drug-free comfort and pain relief methods during labor, explaining their benefits for facilitating normal birth.
Step 5. Provide evidence-based practices proven to be beneficial.
Step 6. Avoid potentially harmful procedures and practices.
Step 7. Implement measures that enhance wellness and prevent injuries and emergencies.
Step 8. Provide access to evidence-based, skilled emergency treatment.
Step 9. Provide a continuum of collaborative care with all relevant healthcare providers, institutions and organizations.
Step 10. Strive to achieve the Baby Friendly Health Initiative (BFHI) 10 steps to successful breastfeeding.
A more comprehensive list is available here: imbci.org/ShowPage.asp?id=174
This article appeared in Pathways to Family Wellness magazine, Issue #24.
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