Providing maternity care from outside the system: perspectives of complementary medicine practitioners.

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Journal Article
Journal of interprofessional care, 2020, pp. 1-9
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One in two women in Australia use complementary medicine (CM) during pregnancy including consulting with CM practitioners for pregnancy-related health concerns. Yet, very little is known about the everyday care and practice of this group of health professionals as it relates to the provision of care to childbearing women. As such, this study aims to examine the perceptions and experiences of CM practitioners who provide care to childbearing women. Semi-structured interviews were conducted with 23 practitioners from six CM professions (acupuncturists, doulas, chiropractors, massage therapists, naturopaths, and osteopaths) who identified as providing care to pregnant and birthing women in their clinical practice. The participants described professional issues affecting their provision of care to childbearing women including scope of practice, regulation and standards, and practice-specific issues, all of which they linked back to their profession and the reputation of their profession among other health professionals and the community. The study results draw attention to the importance of considering the perspectives of CM maternity care providers and place on interprofessional collaboration, as well as the barriers they face to achieving this collaboration. The insights afforded by this study have the capacity to inform new policy and practice initiatives to support improved interprofessional maternity care.
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