Respect and dignity: an introduction
NHS Constitution (Department of Health 2015) The second of the NHS values is respect and dignity. In order to work to this value, it is necessary for us to understand what is important to individuals, what they need and what they are able to do, and to respect their aspirations.In the video notice how giving people options is valued by individuals, how this treats them with respect, and how it helps them maintain their dignity.In this activity, you will explore the value respect and dignity through the way women are helped to make informed choices by the maternity services. You will be consider what choice is, and look at some of the cultural, professional and social barriers to informed choice. In addition, you will be encouraged to think about how we can support women during pregnancy and childbirth.On completing this activity, you should be able to:
- explain why choice matters
- state what choices should be offered to women at the booking appointment
- recognise the difference between choice and coercion
- describe some ways in which a midwife may support women during pregnancy and childbirth.
Understanding NHS Values: Becoming a Nurse or Midwife
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