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Humanizing Childbirth to Reduce Maternal and Neonatal Mortality: A National Effort in Brazil

Daphne Rattner, Isa Paula Hamouche Abreu, Maria José de Oliveira Araújo and Adson Roberto França Santos

in Birth Models That Work

Published by University of California Press

Published in print April 2009 | ISBN: 9780520248632
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520943339 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520248632.003.0015
Humanizing Childbirth to Reduce Maternal and Neonatal Mortality: A National Effort in Brazil

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This chapter throws light on the care offered to delivering women: no early admission, amniotomy only according to the partogram, no routine or liberal use of oxytocin, defined protocols, freedom of movement during labor, empathic support from doulas, as well as other changes. Now medical interns and residents in this hospital are being taught to care for childbirth following the guidelines, a reform that has introduced to them the importance of adopting practices based on scientific evidence. The study focuses on a program created by officials of the Ministry of Health to humanize childbirth in Brazil through the adoption of a snowball strategy, and describes how the Ministry of Health is working to integrate traditional midwives into the public health care system. In 2004, the coordinators of the Women's Health Technical Area of the Ministry of Health proposed to create a series of seminars on Humanized Obstetric and Neonatal Care.

Keywords: neonatal care; childbirth; snowball strategy; public health care; scientific evidence

Chapter.  11285 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Medical Anthropology

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