Clinical Practice Guidelines Antenatal care - Module I

2. Providing woman-centred care

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Woman-centred care focuses on the woman’s unique needs, expectations and aspirations; recognises her right to self-determination in terms of choice, control and continuity of care; and addresses her social, emotional, physical, psychological, spiritual and cultural needs and expectations (ANMC 2006). It also acknowledges that a woman and her unborn baby do not exist independently of the woman’s social and emotional environment, and incorporates this understanding in assessment and provision of health care.