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The Ten Principles of Family Centered Maternity Care

Childbirth is seen as wellness, not illness. Care is directed to maintaining labor, birth, postpartum and newborn care as a normal life event involving dynamic emotional, social and physical change.

Prenatal care is personalized according to the individual psychosocial, educational, physical, spiritual and cultural needs of each woman and her family.

A comprehensive program of perinatal education prepares families for active participation throughout the evolving process of preconception, pregnancy, childbirth and parenting.

The hospital team assists the family in making informed choices for the care of the mother and baby during pregnancy, labor, birth and postpartum. We strive to provide them with the experience they desire in a clinically safe and supportive environment.

The father and/or other supportive persons of the mother's choice are actively involved in the educational process, labor, birth, postpartum and newborn care.

Whenever the mother wishes, family and friends are encouraged to be present during the entire hospital stay, including labor and birth.

Each woman's labor and birth care are provided in the same location, unless a Cesarean birth is necessary. When possible, postpartum and newborn care are also given in the same location and by the same caregivers.

Parents are the preferred care providers for their infants. When parents are caring for their babies, the nursing role changes from performing direct patient care to facilitating the provision of care by the mother or family.

When Family Centered Maternity Care is implemented, the same person cares for the mother and baby couplet as a single-family unit, even when they are briefly separated.

Parents have access to their high-risk newborns at all times and are included in the care of their infants to the extent possible, given the newborn's condition.

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