10 Steps to Optimal MotherBaby Maternity Services

An optimal MotherBaby* maternity service has written policies, implemented in education and practice, requiring that its health care providers: 

Step 1 - Treat every woman with respect and dignity. 

Step 2 - Possess and routinely apply midwifery knowledge and skills that optimize the normal physiology of birth and breastfeeding. 

Step 3 - Inform the mother of the benefits of continuous support during labour and birth, and affirm her right to receive such support from companions of her choice. 

Step 4 - Provide drug-free comfort and pain relief methods during labour, explaining their benefits for facilitating normal birth. 

Step 5 - Provide evidence-based practices proven to be beneficial. 

Step 6 - Avoid potentially harmful procedures and practices. 

Step 7 - Implement measures that enhance wellness and prevent illness and emergencies. 

Step 8 - Provide access to evidence-based skilled emergency treatment. 

Step 9 - Provide a continuum of collaborative care with all relevant health care providers, institutions, and organizations. 

Step 10 - Strive to achieve the BFHI 10 Steps to Successful Breastfeeding. 


For a more detailed look at the 10 Steps, please click here.

*The mother and baby constitute an integral unit during pregnancy, birth, and infancy, herein referred to as the MotherBaby. 

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