The Heart, Hands and the Mind in Midwifery
Midwifery places the woman and the midwife at the center of midwifery care. It is said that midwifery is an art that uses the heart, the hands and the mind. In relation to working with woman in childbearing this essay will discuss this statement. The essay will look at these three essential elements of midwifery, the heart, the hands and the mind, showing detail of how each are related and the importance of each element when working with women in childbearing. The ‘heart’ looks at the key values of compassion, respect for the women, the baby and oneself, and the importance of women centered care. The ‘hands’ focus on the skills, techniques and therapeutic touch of the midwife and the ‘mind’ highlights reflective and ethical practice, and the knowledge required to practice safely and competently.
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