Private obstetric care increases risk of unplanned caesarean for low-risk women

How private obstetric care is funded in Australia In Australia, both public and private hospitals receive activity-based funding for maternity…

Practice Translation

Ready to implement a publicly funded homebirth program? Consider this

Homebirth in Australia The safety of homebirth in high-income countries is largely uncontested – at least in the research literature….


What pregnant women with chronic medical conditions want

“Every woman needs a midwife, some need a doctor too” 1 Up to 25% of women start pregnancy with at…

First Nations

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…

Practice Translation

Lost in translation: ‘evidence’ and ‘woman-centredness’ in clinical practice guidelines

Clinical practice guidelines Clinical practice guidelines have the potential to improve care quality and reduce adverse outcomes (Kredo et al.,…

Practice Translation

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…

Value-Based Maternity Care

What makes maternity care “worth it”?

Childbirth is the most common reason for hospitalisation and the most expensive. Many high-income countries have witnessed escalating obstetric intervention…

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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…


Decisions aids & staff training needed for shared decision making

Rising rates of induction and caesarean In high-income countries, rates of induction of labour and caesarean section (CS) are rising…