10 Steps to Optimal MotherBaby* Maternity Services
An optimal MotherBaby maternity service has written policies, implemented in education and practice, requiring that its health care providers:
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 benefits of continuous support during labour 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 labour, 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 illness and emergencies.
Step 8 - Provide access to evidence-based skilled emergency treatment.
Step 9 - Provide a continuum of collaborative care with all relevant health care providers, institutions, and organizations.
Step 10 - Strive to achieve the BFHI 10 Steps to Successful Breastfeeding.
For a more detailed look at the 10 Steps, please click here.
*The mother and baby constitute an integral unit during pregnancy, birth, and infancy, herein referred to as the MotherBaby.
Adminstrative Director, Rae Davies. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Phone (USA EST): 904-285-0028