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What is maternity care?

Watch this animated video to learn exactly what 'maternity care' means - the who, what, where, when, and how.

What comes to mind when you think of maternity care? Is it only about taking care of women at the time of birth? Is pregnancy included? How about after the baby’s born?

In this video, Professor Jenny Gamble identifies the breadth of maternity care to encompass the services provided to women, babies and families – this care extends through pregnancy, during labour, birth and in the six weeks after birth.

This definition stands regardless of where you come from, what kind of pregnancy care you access, where and how you choose to give birth, or who provides maternity services in your area.

This is what we mean when we talk about maternity care.

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Does the explanation in the video match what you thought about maternity care?

How is maternity care provided in your community?

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