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Consumer Involvement in the South Australian State Policy for Planned Home Birth

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Abstract: 

Two consumer representatives were participants in the development of their state government’s Policy for Planned Birth At Home in South Australia. It was released in November 2007 to guide staff in public hospital and community midwifery programs, and the first hospital-based home birth service is commencing in February 2009. Consumer experiences of policy development and perceived benefits of consumer involvement for policy and transparency processes are described. Inclusion of consumers widely and actively during development and reform of maternity care is essential if real consumer participation is to occur and contribute to care that is truly woman-centered. (BIRTH 36:1 March 2009)
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Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Jo Hood is Vice President, South Australia, for Maternity Coalition and Member of Birth Matters (South Australia) consumer group.

Publication date: 2009-03-01

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