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

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dc.contributor.author Homer, Caroline en_US
dc.contributor.author Passant, Lynette en_US
dc.contributor.author Brodie, Patricia en_US
dc.contributor.author Kildea, Susan en_US
dc.contributor.author Leap, Nicky en_US
dc.contributor.author Pincombe, Jan en_US
dc.contributor.author Thorogood, Carol en_US
dc.contributor.editor en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2012-03-12T11:23:36Z
dc.date.available 2012-03-12T11:23:36Z
dc.date.issued 2009 en_US
dc.identifier 2007003779 en_US
dc.identifier.citation Homer Caroline et al. 2009, 'The role of the midwife in Australia: Views of women and midwives', Churchill Livingstone, vol. 25, no. 6, pp. 673-681. en_US
dc.identifier.issn 0266-6138 en_US
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. en_US
dc.language en_US
dc.publisher Churchill Livingstone en_US
dc.relation.hasversion Accepted manuscript version
dc.relation.isbasedon http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.midw.2007.11.003 en_US
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 en_US
dc.parent Midwifery en_US
dc.journal.volume 25 en_US
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 en_US
dc.personcode 995146 en_US
dc.personcode 044027 en_US
dc.personcode 995181 en_US
dc.personcode 010039 en_US
dc.personcode 995272 en_US
dc.personcode 0000021517 en_US
dc.personcode 0000021518 en_US
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


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