Childbirth models of care

Clearinghouse Connector – September 2014


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Maternity models of care

Midwife-led continuity models versus other models of care for childbearing women : Review Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, 2013

Continuous support for women during childbirth Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, 2013

Rates of obstetric intervention among low-risk women giving birth in private and public hospitals in NSW : a population-based descriptive study BMJ Open, 2012

Increase in caesarean deliveries after the Australian Private Health Insurance Incentive policy reforms PLoS One, 2012

Private obstetric intervention : good, bad or whatever? Medical Journal of Australia, 2009

Is society being reshaped on a microbiological and epigenetic level by the way women give birth? Croakey [Weblog], 2014


Australian national policy frameworks

National maternity services plan : Implementation plan for the middle years 2012-13 Australian Health Ministers Advisory Council (AHMAC), 2012

National maternity services plan 2010 Australian Health Ministers Advisory Council (AHMAC), 2011

National guidance on collaborative maternity care Australia. National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC), 2010

National midwifery guidelines for consultation and referral Australian College of Midwives , 2013 – Click on ‘Free e-reader version’ to access fulltext

Maternal suitability for models of care, and indications for referral within and between models of care RANZCOG College Statement, 2012 – Scroll down to Models of Care section

Improving maternity services in Australia : the report of the Maternity Services Review Australia. Department of Health and Ageing, 2009


State policy frameworks

Capability framework for Victorian maternity and newborn services Victoria. Department of Health, 2010

Future directions for Victoria’s maternity services Victoria. Department of Human Services, 2004

Models of antenatal care 3 Centres Collaboraton (Melbourne), 2002

Managing women in distress after a; traumatic birth experience South Australia. Department of Health, 2014


Australian perinatal reporting

Victoria’s mothers and babies : Victoria’s maternal, perinatal, child and adolescent mortality 2010-2011 Victoria. Department of Health. Consultative Council on Obstetric and Paediatric Mortality and Morbidity, 2013

Victorian maternity services performance indicators : complete set for 2010-11 and 2011-12 Victoria. Department of Health, 2014

Maternal deaths in Australia 2006-2010 Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, 2014

Australia’s mothers and babies 2011 Australian Institute of Health and Welfare. National Perinatal Statistics Unit, 2013


Childbirth and human rights

Informed choice, consent and the law: the legalities of ‘yes I can’ and ‘no I can’t’ : informed decision making as a human right Birth Matters : Journal of the Maternity Coalition, 2010

Obstetricians and childbirth : responsibilities RANZCOG College Statement, 2013 – Scroll down to Models of Care section

Dignity in childbirth : projects and perspectives : proceedings of the Birthrights Dignity in Childbirth Forum Birthrights UK, 2013

Respectful maternity care : the universal rights of childbearing women Health Policy Project; and White Ribbon Alliance for Safe Motherhood, 2011

Break the silence : respectful maternity care [Video] White Ribbon Alliance for Safe Motherhood, 2012


Related websites

Maternity Choices Australia

Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RANZCOG) College statements and guidelines

Australian College of Midwives

Human Rights In Childbirth


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