Transition to motherhood

Women and midwives deciding together on care
Publication date: 01 January 2015

Mothers (to be) increasingly wish to make their own choices in the care provided during the childbearing process, including pregnancy, birth and the post partum.

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Pregnant women increasingly wish to make their own choices in the care provided during their midwifery care. Moreover, they wish to take responsibility for their own health and that of their babies. To be able to do this, women need proactive support from their midwife. This can be given shape by focusing on a joint decision-making process.

Joint decision forming and -making, therefore, is being emphasized within the care during childbirth. In this respect, it is important for women to be allowed to put forward their wishes and values for decisions and that care providers listen and cooperate in order to reach the desired choice. In this manner, mutual understanding may arise so that choices can be made in which the personal circumstances of the pregnant woman play an important part.

Although all this paints a rosy picture, it appears that from the Royal Organisation of Midwives there are no professional standard or directives for the midwives’ antenatal and postnatal care with regard to transition to motherhood. The conclusion is, therefore, that the guidance of midwives on the theme ‘Transition to motherhood’ is not systematically applied in the care provided during the woman’s childbearing process.

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