International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecological Nursing
2022, Vol. 4, Issue 2, Part B
Rationale for relationship between models of care and the characteristics of midwife
The Midwifery Model of Care includes monitoring the physical, psychological, and social well-being of the mother throughout the childbearing cycle; providing the mother with individualized education, counseling, and prenatal care, continuous hands-on assistance during labor and delivery, and postpartum support; According to WHO, midwives are found competent to provide evidence based and normalcy-facilitating maternity care. Models for midwifery care exist, but seem to be lacking explicit epistemological status, mainly focusing on the practical and organizational level of care delivery. To make the values and attitudes of care visible, it is important to implement care models with explicit epistemological status. The aim of this paper is to identify and gain an overview of publications of theoretical models for midwifery care.