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Lesley Page

Humanising Birth

  • Speaker: Lesley Page , CBE, PhD, MSc, BA, RM, HFRCM, Hon DSc
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  • Duration: 75 Mins
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Abstract:

Humanising birth is an approach that recognises the significance of birth not only to the baby being born, the woman becoming mother, and her family, but also to society. Humanisation of birth goes beyond a focus on medical care and simply reducing mortality and morbidity. Humanisation of birth aims to give the best start in life; supports reduction of the excessive medicalization of birth, while ensuring appropriate and balanced medical care is accessible to all women, their babies and families. We will consider the wider politics, international and national, the status of women, developing health services policy and organization, human rights in birth, broadening our science base to include all relevant evidence, and the development of humanised maternity systems and practice. Moving from broad views to focus on practice will provide the opportunity to think, reflect, develop ideas and to act, for everyone involved in maternity care.