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Family-Centred Perinatal Care : Improving Pregnancy, Birth and Postpartum Care, Paperback / softback Book

Family-Centred Perinatal Care : Improving Pregnancy, Birth and Postpartum Care Paperback / softback


Since childbirth became a medicalized - and usually hospitalized - event a century ago, women's and families' psychosocial needs have been relegated to a somewhat peripheral role within the clinically focussed hierarchy of medical care.

This text reinstates psychosocial issues as a primary focus of care, together with clinical excellence.

Family-centred care is a familiar phrase in today's maternity services, with professional guidelines and hospital policies including the term in their care protocols; however, few definitions, and no specific standards, for family-centred care exist.

While all caregivers and care services are likely to define their care as sensitive to women's needs, and family-centred, the actual implementation of a family-centred approach - despite it being a current fashion in care - is still inadequate.

This book clearly defines family-centred perinatal care, and outlines how truly family-centred care can, and should, be implemented, and how, and where, this has been done.


  • Format: Paperback / softback
  • Pages: 236 pages, Worked examples or Exercises
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Gynaecology & obstetrics
  • ISBN: 9781316627952

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