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

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.,…

Value-Based Maternity Care

How to get rid of inappropriate maternity care practices? De-implement them

More than 30 years ago the book Guide to Effective Care in Pregnancy and Childbirth, systematically analysed the evidence for…

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…

Practice Translation

“Caesareans are just another way of giving birth” – right?

Caesarean section (CS) is common in high income-countries. In Australia, 35% of women give birth by caesarean, while 85% of…

Public Health

No Pain, No Gain? An opinion piece

During the final year of the Bachelor of Midwifery at Griffith University, midwifery students are asked to write an opinion…

Practice Translation

Does intrapartum CTG monitoring save lives?

Dr Kirsten Small is a project lead with the Transforming Maternity Care Collaborative. Yesterday she delivered the closing keynote address…

November 25, 2020
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Overcoming barriers to obstetric support for midwifery continuity of care models

by Midwives Siubhan McCaffery and Professor Jenny Gamble, with Obstetrician Kirsten Small One of the frequently mentioned barriers to the…