Practices of health professionals in delivery and birth care


  • Laura Pinto Torres de Melo Universidade Estadual do Ceará
  • Hilana Dayana Doudou Universidade Federal do Ceará
  • Antonia Regynara Moreira Rodrigues Universidade Estadual do Ceará
  • Maria Adelaide Moura da Silveira Universidade Estadual do Ceará
  • Eryjosy Marculino Guerreiro Barbosa Universidade Estadual do Ceará
  • Dafne Paiva Rodrigues Universidade Estadual do Ceará



Parturition, Natural Childbirth, Midwifery, Women's Health, Obstetrics.


Objective: to understand the practices adopted by health professionals in the care of parturient women. Methods: qualitative study conducted in a public hospital with 13 health professionals through semi-structured interviews. Narrative data were organized according to content analysis. Scientific evidence for best practices in delivery and birth care according to recommendations of the World Health Organization, were used as reference. Results: two care contexts were raised: the use of practices backed by scientific evidence and routine practices whose evidence is not favorable to use, denoting the adoption of practices derived from beliefs and knowledge of physicians on duty. Conclusion: professionals had their practices backed by scientific evidence, but they still use strategies whose effectiveness is not guaranteed. There is, therefore, a long way to humanize the care provided during childbirth.




How to Cite

Melo, L. P. T. de, Doudou, H. D., Rodrigues, A. R. M., Silveira, M. A. M. da, Barbosa, E. M. G., & Rodrigues, D. P. (2017). Practices of health professionals in delivery and birth care. Rev Rene, 18(1), 59–67.



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