Rising intervention rates in childbirth is an issue that is causing concern to midwives and other healthcare providers, who are trying to find ways to reverse the trend. It is now generally accepted that intervention in childbirth has long-term consequences for women and their children.
UTS Clinical Professor Maralyn Foureur is part of the team that has released the book Birth Territory and Midwifery Guardianship which provides practical, evidence-based ideas for restructuring the birth territory to facilitate normal birth.
Maralyn, along with Professor Kathleen Fahy from the University of Newcastle and Carolyn Hastie, Midwifery Manager with the Belmont Birthing Service, describes the elements of an ideal birthing environment and suggests how to modify existing maternity services to achieve optimal results.
Directed primarily towards health care professionals outside the United States, the text links new research findings to birth environments and outcomes, as well as to the relationship between the experiences of women and babies, and outcomes.