Continuity of Midwifery Care undervalued

Here is an interesting article written by Barb Vernon who was the president of the Australian College of Midwives in 2009 about lack of Midwifery care availability and the benefits of continuity of midwifery care.  The author states “The government’s discussion paper on Primary Maternity Services  found midwifery care brings a range of tangible benefits including: greater preparation for birth; shorter labours, a reduction in interventions during labour; reduced need for caesarean section; lower rates of admission to special care nurseries, reduced health care costs; and better support for early parenting. Overall women report increased satisfaction with their care, greater self confidence after the birth of their child, and reduced vulnerability to post natal depression”.

To view the article in full visit

http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2009/02/19/2496020.htm

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