If you are experiencing problems downloading PDF or HTML fulltext, our helpdesk recommend clearing your browser cache and trying again. If you need help in clearing your cache, please click here . Still need help? Email help@ingentaconnect.com

Satisfaction with Team Midwifery Care for Low- and High-Risk Women: A Randomized Controlled Trial

$48.00 plus tax (Refund Policy)

Download / Buy Article:

Abstract:

ABSTRACT:Background:

In 1996 a new model of maternity care characterized by continuity of midwifery care from early pregnancy through the postpartum period was implemented for women attending Monash Medical Centre, a tertiary level obstetric service, in Melbourne, Australia. This study's purpose was to assess the impact of this model on women's views and experiences of care during the antenatal, intrapartum, and postpartum periods compared with views of women receiving standard maternity care. Methods:

One thousand low- and high-risk women who booked at the antenatal clinic and met the eligibility criteria were randomly allocated to continuity of midwifery care from a group of seven midwives in collaboration with medical staff, or to standard care from a variety of midwives and medical staff. Women's views of care were measured by means of a postal questionnaire at four months after the birth. Results:

Team midwifery care was associated with increased satisfaction with antenatal, intrapartum, and some aspects of postpartum care. The differences were most obvious for antenatal care. Conclusions:

Continuity of midwifery care is realistically achievable in a tertiary obstetric referral service and is associated with increased satisfaction. (BIRTH 30:1 March 2003)

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1046/j.1523-536X.2003.00211.x

Affiliations: 1: Mary Anne Biró is Project Co-ordinator in the Women's and Children's Health Program of the Southern Health Service in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia; 2: Ulla Waldenström is Professor of Nursing at Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden; 3: Stephanie Brown is senior research fellow at the Centre for the Study of Mothers’ and Children's Health, La Trobe University, Melbourne; and 4: Jan Pannifex is former Nurse Director of the Women's Health Program of the Southern Health Service, Melbourne, Australia.

Publication date: March 1, 2003

Related content

Tools

Favourites

Share Content

Access Key

Free Content
Free content
New Content
New content
Open Access Content
Open access content
Subscribed Content
Subscribed content
Free Trial Content
Free trial content
Cookie Policy
X
Cookie Policy
ingentaconnect website makes use of cookies so as to keep track of data that you have filled in. I am Happy with this Find out more