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5th International Conference of the German Society of Midwifery Science (DGHWi)

Deutsche Gesellschaft für Hebammenwissenschaft e. V.

13. - 14.02.2020, Bochum

The QMNC Framework’s influence in policy, practice, education and research

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Deutsche Gesellschaft für Hebammenwissenschaft. 5. Internationale Konferenz der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Hebammenwissenschaft (DGHWi). Bochum, 13.-14.02.2020. Düsseldorf: German Medical Science GMS Publishing House; 2020. Doc20dghwiK01

doi: 10.3205/20dghwi01, urn:nbn:de:0183-20dghwi019

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Published: February 11, 2020

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The Quality Maternal and Newborn Care (QMNC) Framework has transformed our understanding of quality care. From its conceptual basis as a synthesis of the global literature on quality care, this talk will discuss how the Framework has influenced maternity policy as well as midwifery practice and education through the newly-published UK standards of proficiency for midwives and the standards for pre-registration midwifery programmes. The talk will also discuss how the QMNC Framework has been adapted to evaluate maternity care, and how it is being transformed into a global service evaluation tool.