An expanded role for midwife-led continuity of care

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There are many different models of care for childbearing woman in Australia.

These include a range of midwife-led continuity of care models, as well as medical-led models, and shared care between midwives, obstetricians, and general practitioners.

In 2016, a Cochrane review of available evidence found that midwife-led continuity of care models provide additional benefits compared to other models, with no adverse events.

As a result, there has been growing support to expand the implementation of this model across Australia.

This module provides an overview of the midwife-led continuity of care model.

It is intended for managers and midwives currently practicing in community and inpatient settings.

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At the end of this module participants will be able to:

  • Describe midwife-led continuity of care including
  • Key features of the model
  • The different types of continuity of care achieved through the model
  • Individual and team-based models
  • The target population.
  • Highlight the clinical and non-clinical benefits of midwife-led continuity of care, compared to other models of care for pregnant women.
  • Identify the steps required to implement this model of care in a new setting.

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