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Journal of Human Growth and Development

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SILVA, Ana Verônica R.  and  SIQUEIRA, Arnaldo A. F. de. The value of support care for the parturient woman: a study on interpersonal relationship in the context of a Normal Delivery Center. Rev. bras. crescimento desenvolv. hum. [online]. 2007, vol.17, n.1, pp. 126-135. ISSN 0104-1282.

An important question that has been emphasized in studies on health care practices is the considerable influence of the relational dimension on the quality of the care provided. Various studies carried out in many countries have been pointing out the high value of emotional and social support in the pregnancy-puerperium cycle, especially during the labor process and delivery, with different forms of institutional support. According to such studies, emotional and social support is an important factor in the quality of the maternal care provided. This article presents results and considerations related to the theme of supportive care based on a study conducted in a maternity of São Paulo, state of São Paulo, Brazil, in 2004, using a qualitative methodology with semi-structured interviews and observation of routine activities of the institution. Data processing was based on categories especially built for analysis. The analysis showed the relevance of interpersonal relationships in the childbirth process. This has enabled us to apprehend the relational space as a privileged place for interlocution, marked by listening and acceptance of the experience the women are going through. This relational space may be considered of the utmost relevance, among other resources indicated as appropriate in delivery care.

Keywords : Delivery; Labor; Support; Quality of health care.

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