Person-Centered Maternity Care (PCMC)

May 2020
” Maternal mortality continues to be high in low- and middle-income countries. While the clinical aspects of high quality care are undoubtedly important, we must also include respectful and dignified care as part of top quality services. Person-centered maternity care (PCMC) has been documented as a key factor in reducing maternal mortality, newborn complications, and low rates of facility-based deliveries. For example, women should not be subject to verbal or physical abuse from facility staff during labor, should be allowed to have birth companions of their choice, and should feel as though they are informed about and consulted on their own care.
Together with researchers at the University of California, San Francisco and the University of California, Los Angeles we have developed a 13-item scale to assess PCMC.”
Scale developed by: University of California, San Francisco, Institute for Global Health Sciences
University of California, Los Angeles, Jonathan and Karin Fielding School of Public Health Metrics for Management