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The importance of evaluating primary midwifery care for improving the health of women and infants

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The importance of evaluating primary midwifery care for improving the health of women and infants

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In most countries, maternal and newborn care is fragmented and focused on identification
and treatment of pathology that affects only the minority of women and babies. Recently,
a framework for quality maternal and newborn care was developed, which encourages a
system-level shift to provide skilled care for all.This care includes preventive and supportive
care that works to strengthen women’s capabilities and focuses on promotion of normal
reproductive processes while ensuring access to emergency treatment when needed.
Midwifery care is pivotal in this framework, which contains several elements that resonate
with the main dimensions of primary care. Primary health care is the first level of contact
with the health system where most of the population’s curative and preventive health
needs can be fulfilled as close as possible to where people live and work. In this paper, we
argue that midwifery as described in the framework requires the application of a primary
care philosophy for all childbearing women and infants. Evaluation of the implementation
of the framework should therefore include tools to monitor the performance of primary
midwifery care.

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OrganisatieZuyd Hogeschool
LectoraatLectoraat Midwifery Science
Gepubliceerd inFrontiers in Medicine Frontiers media, Vol. 2015
Jaar2015
TypeArtikel
ISSN2296-858X
TaalEngels

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