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PIMENTA, Deborah Giovana et al. The work performed by the childbirth midwives: an integrative review. Enferm. glob. [online]. 2013, vol.12, n.30, pp.482-493. ISSN 1695-6141.

The study was aimed to analyze the trend of publications about the childbirth performed at home by midwives. It is an integrative review performed in the databases LILACS and SciELO in February of 2012. The following key-words were used: midwives practical, home childbirth and natural childbirth. The inclusion criteria were: full papers in Portuguese and Spanish, in which the content meets the goals of the study and were published from January 2002 to January 2012. The sample was composed by 13 articles and submitted to thematic content analysis with evidence level of classification. There were emerged the following categories: "the choice of home childbirth", "the care of midwives with the mother and baby" and "social recognition of midwives." For pregnant women, birth at home, allowed several advantages such as comfort, autonomy, privacy, and especially freedom of movement. It was observed that midwives performed antenatal and postpartum in order to safeguard and prevent health problems for both the mother and the baby. It was evident that the community's recognition was for the midwives, the greatest reward for your work. It is a great need for more studies on this topic, since this practice perpetuated along the years, because the midwives play and always play a big role in the lives of women who want this type of delivery.

Keywords : traditional midwives; home childbirth; natural childbirth; humanizing delivery; parturition; obstetrical nursing.

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