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Aastrika Midwifery Centre

Providing respectful, evidence-based maternity care

Today, across India, the quality of maternity care is abysmal.

Even in the most privileged settings, there is poor adherence to evidence-based guidelines and protocols. Clinical decisions are often hospital-centric rather than mother-centric and, in such cases, the mother’s voice goes unheard or is disrespected. Many pregnant women go through unnecessary caesareans and episiotomies. They often leave the hospital in pain, feeling slighted and insufficiently cared for.

THROUGH THE AASTRIKA MIDWIFERY CENTRE (AMC), WE WANT TO

Empower mothers to participate in their own care, take informed decisions, and remember the birth experience with pride, joy, and a sense of fulfilment.

Mother-centric

Care

Required & Recommended

Interventions

Informed & Collaborative

Journey

At AMC, our focus will be as much on the mother as the baby.

We believe every mother-to-be deserves to be respected and heard – before, during, and after delivery. Each delivery should be given the time and attention necessary to ensure the health of mother and child. The Bangalore-based Centre will focus on ensuring minimal medical and surgical intervention, advocating for it only if and when the situation demands.

At the Aastrika Midwifery Centre, our objective is to achieve optimal clinical outcomes.

WE ENVISION

01

A strong culture of woman-centred care, informed consent, shared decision-making, sensitivity, empathy, and the tenets of respectful maternity care.

02

Midwives who are skilled in normal labour and delivery will work closely with obstetricians and be an integral part of the system. A midwife-led unit will care for low-risk women.

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Doulas, who are trained in labour support, to provide dedicated one-on-one attention to mothers. A Cochrane Review indicates that continuous labour support from professional doulas has several benefits, including more spontaneous vaginal births, shorter labours, fewer caesarean births, fewer instrumental deliveries, less use of analgesia, and fewer babies with low Apgar scores
(Bohren et al. 2017Bohren, Meghan A, G Justus Hofmeyr, Carol Sakala, Rieko K Fukuzawa, and Anna Cuthbert. 2017. “Continuous Support for Women during Childbirth.” Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, July. https://doi.org/10.1002/14651858.CD003766.pub6.).

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A culture of constant performance improvement in keeping with the best formal practices of quality improvement in healthcare.

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Clinical care that is protocol-driven rather than person-driven to ensure excellent and consistent standards of care.

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Data and technology to maintain, improve, and iterate a uniform high standard of care.

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Protocols as well as physical spaces designed to support the principles listed above.

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Implementation of the latest evidence-based guidelines and ethical practices in maternity care.

Through the Aastrika Midwifery Centre, we aspire to redefine what mothers can expect from the birthing process. In the long run, our goal is to establish the Centre as the benchmark of maternal care practices. Practices that could, and should, be implemented across the country.

our technical partner, we are launching Aastrika Midwifery Centre in September 2021 at Vasavi Hospital.

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JOIN THE MOVEMENT

Are you interested in birthing at Aastrika Midwifery Centre?

WRITE TO US

contactus@aastrika.com