Provision of midwifery continuity of care, whereby a woman receives care from a known midwife for the duration of her pregnancy, birth and postnatal period, is becoming increasingly challenging in today’s healthcare environment. Current pressures on maternity services include escalating intervention rates, rising costs, and midwife and doctor shortages.
Professor Caroline Homer, Director of the UTS Centre for Midwifery, Child and Family Health, and UTS Clinical Professors, Pat Brodie and Nicky Leap have compiled Midwifery Continuity of Care, a how-to guide on the topic.
The book is intended to be a practical guide for all midwives, midwifery managers, student midwives and educators, and of interest to policy makers and health service executives.
Written by an international team of contributors who have direct experience of the topic, the book highlights the lessons learned by others to help develop new ways of thinking and practising. It includes summaries and vignettes which bring midwifery continuity of care to life and makes information relevant to readers.
The contributors discuss care within different settings including city, rural and remote, as well as the different organisational and industrial challenges.