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Midwives and human rights.
Mavis Kirkham, Professor of Midwifery, University of the West of Scotland; Sarah Davies, Senior Midwifery Lecturer, University of Salford; Nadine Edward, Vice Chair of AIMS and a Director at the Pregnancy and Parents Centre, Edinburgh; Jo Murphy Lawless, Sociologist, Trinity College Dublin.
Kirkham et al consider the concept that lies at the heart of the midwife’s role, that of a facilitator, supporting women to make informed choices, and providing them with appropriate care to meet each woman’s particular needs. This role is increasingly under threat from the current political health care environment in which adherence to guidelines and protocols are prioritised over individualised care and Midwives and human rights examines how this leaves midwives in a particularly vulnerable position.“Following a critical incident, individual midwives may be singled out and their documentation and practice scrutinised, with faults being found in retrospect, even though these faults may have had no relation to the outcome”
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