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Dignity and respect presentation


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Created by Lauren Smith, final year student at Kingston Hospital

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Dignity and respect presentation

  1. 1. DIGNITY And Respect in the maternity services Mandatory training for midwives Dignity Created by Lauren Smith, final year student midwife at Kingston University
  2. 2. Watch video
  3. 3. How does the video initially make you feel as a midwife?
  4. 4. Why do women expect to leave their dignity at the door?
  5. 5. The concept of ‘leave your dignity at the door’ is linked with the ‘social norm’ of today’s society. Social Norms are an unwritten set of rules which are expectations on how to behave. Can you think of other examples of ‘social norms’?
  6. 6. How could midwives have improved Hollie’s feelings?
  7. 7. Discuss midwives’ use of language and its affects on women relating to Joanne’s story.
  8. 8. Explore the importance of the midwives’ role during Hannah’s experience.
  9. 9. In society we conform to The Authority Principle – the idea that a person’s tendency is to comply with people in position of power, for example in the maternity services, doctors and midwives. Women may not have an entire understanding of what is happening but they conform to what they are told. It’s a midwife’s role to ensure women make informed decision and willingly consent.
  10. 10. What could have been changed to ensure all of the women felt their dignity was respected? For example, Sarah feeling exposed by the midwife leaving the door open could have easily been avoided by ensuring the door was shut.
  11. 11. How could YOU change your practice to ensure women feel dignified and ensure their human rights are met?
  12. 12. NMC CODE 1.Treat people as individuals and uphold their Dignity. To achieve this, you must: 1.1 treat people with kindness, respect and compassion 1.2 make sure you deliver the fundamentals of care effectively 1.3 avoid making assumptions and recognise diversity and individual choice 1.4 make sure that any treatment, assistance or care for which you are responsible is delivered without undue delay, and 1.5 respect and uphold people’s human rights.
  13. 13. Birth rights UK ‘We believe that all women are entitled to respectful maternity care that protects their fundamental rights to dignity, autonomy, privacy and equality.’ Dignity in Childbirth Campaign started in 2013 after the Dignity in childbirth survey.
  14. 14. World Health Organisation recommendations: intrapartum care for a positive childbirth experience, 2018. “The guideline highlights the importance of woman-centred care to optimize the experience of labour and childbirth for women and their babies through a holistic, human rights-based approach.”
  15. 15. National and International agencies promoting Dignity and Respect for women in maternity services What can you do to help?
  16. 16. Midwives are advocates for women. YOU are an advocate for women.
  17. 17. References • Birth Rights. (2018). Birthrights. [online] Available at: [Accessed 5 Mar. 2018]. • CQC (2017). Care Quality Commission. [online] Available at: [Accessed 20 Dec. 2017]. • Equality Human Rights (2018). Human Rights | Equality and Human Rights Commission. [online] Available at: [Accessed 8 Jan. 2018]. • (2017). Google Images. [online] Available at: [Accessed 19 Nov. 2017]. • Matiti, M. and Baillie, L. (2011). Dignity in healthcare. London: Radcliffe Pub. • McLeod, S. (2018). Simply Psychology. [online] Simply Psychology. Available at: [Accessed 1 Mar. 2018]. • NMC (2017). The Nursing & Midwifery Council. [online] Available at: [Accessed 6 Dec. 2017]. • Oxford Dictionaries | English. (2017). dignity | Definition of dignity in English by Oxford Dictionaries. [online] Available at: [Accessed 20 Dec. 2017]. • World Health Organization. (2018). WHO recommendations: intrapartum care for a positive childbirth experience. [online] Available at: [Accessed 2 Mar. 2018].