Australian primary maternity units: past, present and future

Elsevier Inc
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Women and Birth, 2013, 26 (3), pp. 213 - 218
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Primary maternity units are commonly those run by midwives who provide care to women with low risk pregnancies with no obstetric, anaesthetic, laboratory or paediatric support available on-site. In some other countries, primary level maternity units play an important role in offering equitable and accessible maternity care to women with low-risk pregnancies, particularly in rural and remote areas. However there are very few primary maternity units in Australia, largely due to the fact that over the past 200 years, the concept of safety has become inherently linked with the immediate on-site availability of specialist medical support.
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