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Revista Brasileira de Educação Médica

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REBELLO, Maria Tereza Maia Penido  and  RODRIGUES NETO, João Felício. The humanization of childbirth care from the perspective of medical students. Rev. bras. educ. med. [online]. 2012, vol.36, n.2, pp.188-197. ISSN 0100-5502.

The humanization has been increasing in the assistance for labor and delivery with emphasis on scientific legitimacy and rights of women. However, the process of humanization in health care should be broadly placed in the formation of health professionals under the penalty of not being materialized if an adhesion and effective participation by the young professionals do not happen. We conducted a qualitative study, exploratory and descriptive, with the objective of verifying the conception of humanized childbirth from the perspective of medical students. The data obtained through personal interviews were submitted to content analysis and grouped by themes, where we could identify 18 context units that generated 41 units of records from which emerged two categories and five subcategories: (1) humanization related to the inclusion of the mother (reception and companion) and (2) humanization related to the appropriate assistance (technology of care, childbirth as physiological event, multidisciplinary team). This study showed the association, by the medical students, of humanistic aspects and biomedical aspects of childbirth care, confirming the process of change that we are experiencing in medical education.

Keywords : Humanizing Delivery; Medical Education; Obstetrics; Qualitative Research.

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