Sunday, 17 June 2018

National Strategic Approach to Maternity Services

In Australia, there is a National Strategic Approach to Maternity Services being developed. They are calling for submissions now. Please write and give your opinion on the provision of optimal care for childbearing women and their families. You can find the relevant information here.

 I'm delighted to see the number of people who have read and cited this chapter:

Fahy, K., Parratt, J., Foureur, M., & Hastie, C. (2011). Birth Territory: A Theory for Midwifery Practice. In R. Bryar & M. Sinclair (Eds.),Theory forMidwifery Practice (2nd ed., pp. 215-240). Palgrave: Basingstoke

Available from: [accessed Jun 17 2018].

Our fervent desire is that the information in this chapter (and the book) provides the impetus for positive change in the way that childbearing women and their partners are cared for in the healthcare system.  We want health care planners, governments and policy makers to value women, to value the childbearing process and provide maternity services that meet women's needs.

From Planning a Pregnancy to one to one midwifery support in midwifery-led environments, we know that there is 'compelling evidence that investment in midwifery is a cost-effective way to improve sexual, reproductive, maternal and newborn health (SRMNH) outcomes'. One to one midwifery care has also been associated with a reduction in complications. Too many women suffer severe complications of childbearing and we should be doing everything in our power to change that dreadful reality. All women deserve optimum care.  That care is one to one midwifery care with seamless collaboration with medical care as required by any individual woman.

Whatever perspective we take, no matter what our experiences, we all can come together and improve the way women are cared for during the most important social, cultural and physically significant experience of birthing the new generation. We are, as Professor Susan Crowther reminds us, united "around the humanness that lies at the heart of each birth.”

What can you do to make a difference to maternity care in your area? To begin with, you could write to the Federal and State/Territory Ministers of Health; the hospital managers and the newspapers/magazines demanding optimum care for women and their families.


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