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4 ways to create sustainable and satisfying midwifery continuity

Women and their babies have better outcomes and experiences when they receive care from a known midwife across the continuum…

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How does midwifery continuity reduce preterm birth? Like this!

Preterm birth Spontaneous preterm birth (<37 weeks’ gestation) is a seemingly intractable problem (WHO, 2012). Babies born preterm can have…

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The Call to Action for Birthing on Country

Indigenous mothers and babies in high-resource countries experience increased risk of adverse outcomes. These outcomes are socially determined – a…

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Is some continuity better than none?

Midwifery continuity of carer models, that provide a known and trusted midwife throughout pregnancy, birth and postpartum, provide highest quality…

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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…

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Equipping midwifery leaders to drive reform

Maternity services reform The maternity reform agenda aims to re-orient maternity care to be primary health focussed, community-based and woman-centred. …

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Health services lack incentive to be cost-effective

Maternity service funding in Australia Most maternity care funding is allocated to State and Territory health departments who then resource…

Maternity care

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…

Maternity care

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…

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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…