Accoucher en France aujourd'hui. Les enjeux de la profession de sage-femme et la position des femmes face à la naissance médicalisée

Abstract : Currently, the perinatal results in France remain among the least satisfactory in Europe in spite of a very strong medicalization. However, health authorities acknowledge the influence of maternity care during pregnancy, childbirth and neonatal period on the state of health of the mother and the child but health services hardly increase. Contrary to what French law says on free choice of practitioner, parturient women cannot choose the health professional who will assist them during labor. Likewise, midwives cannot guarantee their patients the place and conditions of childbirth, contrary to their code of ethics. In addition, few of them have the opportunity to work in an independent way and at the same time fully practice their profession. By focusing this anthropological research on women's and midwives' experience in their relationships around childbirth, the aims of this qualitative study are to clarify the ins and outs of the standardization of health services. Initially, the various types of care provided to women today and the place granted to midwives are discussed. Secondly, possible causal links between interprofessional relations and maternity care are searched for through the study of comprehensive care. So are revealed the impacts of a close and trusting relationship in supporting parenthood and of a diversification of health services.
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Catherine Thomas. Accoucher en France aujourd'hui. Les enjeux de la profession de sage-femme et la position des femmes face à la naissance médicalisée. Anthropologie sociale et ethnologie. Université de la Réunion, 2016. Français. ⟨NNT : 2016LARE0022⟩. ⟨tel-01488894⟩

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