Woman-centred or women-centred care: does it matter?

MA Healthcare Ltd
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Birtish Journal of Midwifery, 2009, 17 (1), pp. 12 - 16
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The concept of woman-centred care is fundamental to midwifery and underpins the philosophy statements of midwifery professional organizations. It has also been used as a framework in a range of policy documents and standards related to midwifery and maternity service provision, notably in the UK and Australia. This discussion article questions the conceptual and practical implications of substituting `women-centred care for `womancentred care in terms of addressing womens individual needs and shifting the locus of control away from the institution and professionals towards the woman herself. Contested meanings of woman-centred care and empowerment are explored in relation to conceptual interpretations and the development of projects involving midwifery continuity of care.
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