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Humanizing delivery: a reality in a birth center?

Keywords: birth , humanizing delivery , postpartum.

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Objective: to know the women's perception in the postpartum about the provided health assistance during the labor and delivery at San Sebastian Birthing Center in District Federal, Brazil’s capital. Methodology: this is about a qualitative study, performed with ten women who experienced the delivery and postpartum period in this birthing center. The project was approved by the Ethics Committee of the Health State Secretary of the District Federal with protocol number 264/2007. Results: the themes of the study were found and classed in the following way: Pre-natal assistance, birth process and puerperal assistance. The women’s narrations were analyzed and it was referred in the major statements, humanization’s actions in the delivery moment and in the puerperal period, however the same women related scanty orientations and information in pre-natal appointments that would be very relevant to live these experiences with self-control and safety. Conclusion: the present study evidenced that at San Sebastian Birthing Center, the executed work correspond to a humanized assistance that is offered to the pregnant women who are admitted at this birthing center. The procedures that are used in this birthing center are humanized and they are according to World Health Organization’s recommendations, which were confirmed by the collected report of the women who participated of the study.


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