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Reclaiming childbirth for First Nations’ families – the Djäkamirr documentary

Introduction In remote North East Arnhem land in the Northern Territory of Australia, First Nations women and babies experience profound…

Public Health

Centralising maternity care in low- and middle-income countries: A worthy goal?

Maternity waiting homes Maternity waiting homes (MWHs), consisting of residential accommodation for pregnant women to wait close to obstetric facilities…

October 18, 2021
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Value-Based Maternity Care

What if all low-risk women planned to birth in a birth centre or at home?

Birth centres and homebirth When integrated within the health system, birth with registered midwives in a birth centre or at…

September 27, 2021
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Public Health

COVID-19 related maternity restrictions – more harm than good?

COVID-19 maternity care restrictions During the global COVID-19 pandemic, maternity care guidelines have been produced rapidly and largely without evidence…

Public Health

Midwifery centres – the what, the how, the why

Women across the globe (in low-, middle- and high-income countries) are concerned about misuse of medical intervention, and disrespectful or…

Practice Translation

Strategies that work to increase vaginal birth rate after caesarean

Vaginal birth after caesarean around the world VBAC is a vaginal birth after caesarean section. While planned VBAC is a…

Practice Translation

Central fetal monitoring – time to de-implement?

Investment in fetal monitoring technology Maternity services in high-income countries have invested heavily in medical technologies. However, some technologies have…

Public Health

The midwife’s public health role

Midwifery is a public health strategy Public health is “the art and science of preventing disease, prolonging life and promoting…

Public Health

Facilitating “instant and overwhelming love” should be standard midwifery care

Skin-to-skin contact between a mother and baby at birth While facilitating immediate and uninterrupted skin-to-skin (S2S) for an hour after…

Value-Based Maternity Care

Clinical benefits for women who receive continuity from a midwifery student

Students provide continuity for women – regardless of model Continuity of care, and continuity of carer, are terms which are…