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 Its easier said than done, I know, I’ll never forget the Dr telling me after my 6th C-section and to go home and to take it easy!  However, it was sage advice given the risk factors relating to over exertion during the healing phase. Complications post caesarean birth include wound breakdown which is also known as surgical wound dehiscence (SWD) and sepsis caused by infection both of which can be life threatening. It is vital that women know how best to care for their wounds to help prevent these problems. Thankfully I didn’t experience either of these issues but always...

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The stretching and internal bruising, along with tenderness of the incision, are the main sources of post-operative pain. It is important that you accept regular medication offered by your nurse or midwife to control the pain. While you will not be pain-free in the early days, the medication and cold-pack application should keep you comfortable.

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So, what is Woman-Centred Care?...Today’s gold standard in midwifery practice places women at the centre of their care. The philosophy statement of the International Confederation of Midwives states that woman-centred care is considered central to midwifery practice and underpins the context of the woman’s unique needs, expectations and aspirations: recognising her right to self-determination in terms of choice, control and continuity of care; and addressing her social, emotional, physical, psychological, spiritual and cultural needs and expectations. 

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You, your family or someone you care for, all need to know how to access safe healthcare.

Australia's National peak body for Safety and Quality in Health care (ASQHC) can help you find safe and quality health care. Their booklet lists 9 'Top Tips for Safe Health Care' and is designed to guide you in planning your care in partnership with your healthcare provi

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