Why midwifery continuity of care is important
If you have ever seen multiple GPs in a year, you know how frustrating it can be to explain your health story. Your family history of disease, the medication you’re on, your allergies.
Now, imagine if during pregnancy you had to tell up to 30 people your story every time you went to an antenatal appointment. About your previous pregnancies, what you wanted for your labour, and who your partner is.
This is one of the downfalls in the way maternity care is currently delivered to the majority of pregnant women in Australia. There is a renewed push for midwifery continuity of care to be made more available across the country, as more and more evidence links this model of care to improved outcomes for women.
Katie Cameron – Mother of Macy and Ruby
Caroline Homer – Professor of Midwifery, University of Technology Sydney
Jane Sandall – Professor of Social Science and Women’s Health at King’s College London
Producer: Ellen Leabeater
- Models of maternity care: evidence for midwifery continuity of care
- Implementing caseload midwifery: Exploring the views of maternity managers in Australia – A national cross-sectional survey
- Midwife-led continuity models of care compared with other models of care for women during pregnancy, birth and early parenting
- See link below player for NSW Health full statement
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