Author(s): Devarakonda Koteswaramma

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DOI: 10.52711/2349-2996.2023.00061   

Address: Devarakonda Koteswaramma
Tutor, Department of College of Nursing, ( Obstetrical and Gynaecological Nursing), All India Institute of Medical Sciences Patna, Bihar.
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Published In:   Volume - 13,      Issue - 4,     Year - 2023

In recent years, the relevance of ethical, psychological, social, and cultural elements of birthing across many groups has led to the promotion of respectful maternity care (RMC). Although the concept of respectful maternity care is to promote woman-centered care, respecting women's beliefs, autonomy, dignity, and preferences to reserve their right to have a companion during childbirth. RMC is a fundamental right of all women. Disrespect and abuse (D&A) are violations of fundamental ethical standards, human rights, and fundamental patient care duties. Intrapartum respectful maternity care can affect the mother’s experiences of childbirth. This article is aimed to determine the status of respectful maternity care and its relationship with childbirth experience among Indian women.

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Devarakonda Koteswaramma. Respectful Maternity Care: A Holistic approach in Promoting Positive Birth Experience. Asian Journal of Nursing Education and Research. 2023; 13(4):296-0. doi: 10.52711/2349-2996.2023.00061

Devarakonda Koteswaramma. Respectful Maternity Care: A Holistic approach in Promoting Positive Birth Experience. Asian Journal of Nursing Education and Research. 2023; 13(4):296-0. doi: 10.52711/2349-2996.2023.00061   Available on:

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