15. Women's Health and Maternity Care Policies: Current Status and Recommendations for Change

  1. Melissa D. Avery PhD, CNM, FACNM, FAAN
  1. Heather M. Bradford

Published Online: 24 JUN 2013

DOI: 10.1002/9781118783320.ch15

Supporting a Physiologic Approach to Pregnancy and Birth

Supporting a Physiologic Approach to Pregnancy and Birth

How to Cite

Bradford, H. M. (2013) Women's Health and Maternity Care Policies: Current Status and Recommendations for Change, in Supporting a Physiologic Approach to Pregnancy and Birth (ed M. D. Avery), John Wiley & Sons, Inc., West Sussex, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781118783320.ch15

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 24 JUN 2013
  2. Published Print: 3 JUN 2013

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470962862

Online ISBN: 9781118783320

SEARCH

Keywords:

  • clinical decision making;
  • health care providers;
  • maternity care policy;
  • medico-legal environment;
  • women's health policy

Summary

This chapter provides an overview of existing and needed policies that support a woman's ability to have a normal birth, as well as those that improve her health status prior to pregnancy. Breastfeeding policies at the state and federal level, as well as within the hospital and workplace setting, are examined. The chapter focuses on policies pertaining to physicians and American Midwifery Certification Board (AMCB)-certified midwives. It addresses the current medico-legal environment and how professional liability laws may affect a maternity care provider's clinical decision making. Policy improvements in maternity care are required in order to respond to the national call to meet the triple aim—better care, better health outcomes, and lower cost. To achieve those goals, women need access to regular, affordable, and high-quality care, so they are healthy preconceptionally and prenatally and can optimize their chances for a normal birth.