How do midwives learn homebirth?

Where were you born?

If you are like 97% of the population, you were probably born in a hospital. If you are in the minority, you were probably born in a planned homebirth, or on the side of the road before arriving at hospital.

Because of the small amount of home births in Australia, it can be difficult to train midwives on how to transfer their skills to the home environment.

If you are used to delivering in a hospital, it can be daunting to deliver a baby in somebody else’s home. Rebecca Coddington is a PhD candidate in the Faculty of Health at the University of Technology Sydney. Rebecca has completed a small study looking at how midwives view their transition from hospital midwives to home birth midwives.

Image: theogeo on Flickr.

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