Tensions And Barriers In Improving Maternity Care: The Story Of A Birth Centre

Tensions And Barriers In Improving Maternity Care: The Story Of A Birth Centre
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Throughout the world, women-centred care is gaining prominence in providing maternity care. Many birth centres open each year to meet this need but at the same time, many close or are shelved. So why should the turnover in organisations that deliver such a vital service to women be so high, thwarting many midwives from practising as they would wish? This carefully researched and passionate book tells the story of a birth centre that did fail, and the painful but valuable lessons it presents for others. Many of the issues and behaviours illustrated lack of leadership, support, vision and plain-dealing, and tensions between bureaucracy and women-centred care will find resonance in maternity services and midwifery experiences in the UK and throughout the world. Tensions and Barriers in Improving Maternity Care is a vital and challenging resource for all midwives, managers and policy makers and shapers with an interest in maternity and women-centred care.

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