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Free Content A Midwifery Model of Care for Childbearing Women at High Risk: Genuine Caring in Caring for the Genuine

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Abstract:

According to this paper's synthesis of research, three constituents of ideal midwifery care emerge. First, a dignity-protective action takes place in a midwife's caring relationship with a childbearing woman at high risk and includes mutuality, trust, ongoing dialogue, enduring presence, and shared responsibility. Secondly, the midwife's embodied knowledge is based on genuineness to oneself and consists of theoretical, practical, intuitive, and reflective knowledge. Finally, nurse-midwives have a special responsibility to balance the natural and medical perspectives in the care of childbearing women at high risk, especially by promoting the woman's inborn capacity to be a mother and to give birth in a natural manner. This midwifery model of care is labeled “Genuine Caring in Caring for the Genuine.” Here, the word genuine expresses the nature of midwifery care, as well as the nature of each pregnant woman being cared for as a unique individual.

Keywords: caring; high-risk pregnancy; midwifery; research synthesis

Document Type: Miscellaneous

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1624/105812405X23577

Publication date: December 1, 2005

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