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Table 2 Identified themes and subthemes in compassionate midwifery care

From: The characteristics of compassionate care during childbirth according to midwives: a qualitative descriptive inquiry

Themes Subthemes
Making meaningful connections with women Displaying good interpersonal skills
Conduct based on dignity and respect
Establishing trust
Initiating individualised understanding of each woman Showing empathy
Prioritising maternal choice
Action through care and support Providing emotional support
Assistance through instrumental care
Continuous informational support