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Listening to Women, Treating Them with Respect, and Honoring their Wishes during Childbirth are Critical Aspects of Safe, High-Quality Maternity Care

Simpson, Kathleen Rice PhD, RNC, CNS-BC, FAAN

MCN: The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing: November/December 2019 - Volume 44 - Issue 6 - p 368
doi: 10.1097/NMC.0000000000000578
ONGOING COLUMNS: Perinatal Patient Safety Column

Recent surveys of new mothers suggest that we can do better in treating women with respect, listening to their concerns, and honoring their wishes during the childbirth process. The findings apply to all care providers and all birth settings, thus opportunities for improvement exist widely. Nurses are in an ideal position to lead the types of changes that are needed in maternity care.

Kathleen Rice Simpson is a Perinatal Clinical Nurse Specialist in St. Louis, MO, and the Editor-in-Chief of MCN. Dr. Simpson can be reached via e-mail at

The author declares no conflicts of interest.

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