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Sheila C Hunt, Yana Richens
British Journal of Midwifery, Vol. 7, Iss. 6, 03 Jun 1999, pp 358

Changing Childbirth (1993), although now nearly six years old, remains the main thrust of the government policy for the maternity services. Central to its philosophy is that the woman should be at the centre of care. She must be part of the planning of care and should have the information that she needs in order to make informed choices. But is it possible for the midwife who fails to see the woman as an equal, or who treats a woman with indifference, based on the hue of her skin, to see the woman as central to her care, or act as the advocate of one whose skin colour, culture and traditions are dissimilar to her own? Can she act as an advocate for a woman whose lifestyle differs from her own, or whose choices appear somewhat unconventional?

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