For the first time, major U.S. maternity care professional organizations have issued a joint statement on maternity care quality. Titled, Quality Patient Care in Labor and Delivery: A Call to Action, the white paper comes out strongly in favor of:
- woman- and family-centered care, including effective and culturally sensitive communication,
- shared decision making,
- effective teamwork, especially during obstetric emergencies, and
- performance measurement and leveraging of results to improve quality.
We’re extremely pleased to that the joint statement reflects the themes and recommendations from the TMC Vision and Blueprint. All professionals who work with childbearing families should be aware of this white paper, and strive to incorporate its recommendations into practice. We hope you’ll download and share it.