The role of the midwife in Australia: views of women and midwives

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dc.contributor.author Homer, CSE
dc.contributor.author Passant, L
dc.contributor.author Brodie, PM
dc.contributor.author Kildea, S
dc.contributor.author Leap, N
dc.contributor.author Pincombe, J
dc.contributor.author Thorogood, C
dc.date.accessioned 2012-03-12T11:23:36Z
dc.date.issued 2009-12
dc.identifier.citation Midwifery, 2009, 25 (6), pp. 673 - 681
dc.identifier.issn 0266-6138
dc.identifier.other C1 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10453/17562
dc.description.abstract Objective: to research the role of midwives in Australia from the perspectives of women and midwives. This study was part of a commissioned national research project to articulate the scope of practice of Australian midwives and to develop national competency standards to assist midwives to deliver safe and competent midwifery care. Design: a multi-method approach with qualitative data collected from surveys with women and interviews with midwives. Setting: participants represented each state and territory in Australia. Participants: midwives who were randomly selected by the regulatory authorities across the country and women who were consumers of midwifery care and involved in maternity activism. Key conclusions: midwives and women identified a series of key elements that were required of a midwife. These included: being woman centred; providing safe and supportive care; and working in collaboration with others when necessary. These findings were consistent with much of the international literature. Implications for practice: a number of barriers to achieving the full role of the midwife were identified. These included a lack of opportunity to practice across the full spectrum of maternity care, the invisibility of midwifery in regulation and practice, the domination of medicine, workforce shortages, the institutional system of maternity care, and the lack of a clear image of what midwifery is within the wider community. These barriers must be addressed if midwives in Australia are to be able to function according to the full potential of their role. © 2007.
dc.language eng
dc.relation.hasversion Accepted manuscript version
dc.relation.isbasedon 10.1016/j.midw.2007.11.003
dc.rights NOTICE: this is the author’s version of a work that was accepted for publication in Midwifery. Changes resulting from the publishing process, such as peer review, editing, corrections, structural formatting, and other quality control mechanisms may not be reflected in this document. Changes may have been made to this work since it was submitted for publication. A definitive version was subsequently published in Midwifery, [Volume 25, Issue 6, December 2009, Pages 673–681)] DOI# http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.midw.2007.11.003
dc.title The role of the midwife in Australia: views of women and midwives
dc.type Journal Article
dc.parent Midwifery
dc.journal.volume 6
dc.journal.volume 25
dc.journal.number 6 en_US
dc.publocation Edinburgh, UK en_US
dc.identifier.startpage 673 en_US
dc.identifier.endpage 681 en_US
dc.cauo.name FOH.Faculty of Health en_US
dc.conference Verified OK en_US
dc.for 111006 Midwifery
dc.personcode 995272
dc.personcode 995181
dc.personcode 010039
dc.personcode 995146
dc.personcode 044027
dc.percentage 100 en_US
dc.classification.name Midwifery en_US
dc.classification.type FOR-08 en_US
dc.edition en_US
dc.custom en_US
dc.date.activity en_US
dc.location.activity en_US
dc.description.keywords Role of the midwife; Australia en_US
dc.description.keywords NA
dc.description.keywords Australia
dc.description.keywords Role of the midwife
dc.description.keywords Australia
dc.description.keywords Role of the midwife
dc.description.keywords Australia
dc.description.keywords Australia
dc.description.keywords Role of the midwife
dc.description.keywords Role of the midwife
dc.description.keywords Australia
dc.description.keywords Role of the midwife
pubs.embargo.period Not known
pubs.organisational-group /University of Technology Sydney
pubs.organisational-group /University of Technology Sydney/Faculty of Health
pubs.organisational-group /University of Technology Sydney/Strength - Health Services and Practice Research


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