Midwifery in Australia is poised for a number of exciting developments, after years of struggle for recognition. Birth International has sponsored many visits to Australia by overseas speakers, all of whom have been instrumental in achieving change in their own countries so that women and babies have better birth experiences and the midwifery profession gains its rightful place in the health services.Their insights have provided direction and ideas for midwives in Australia, who have adapted and developed the new systems that will come into operation in 2010.
The following articles chart the progress of midwifery in a number of countries and also offer insights into midwifery practice and its impact on birth outcomes. A number of these articles were presented at an important series of seminars with the overall title of “Future Birth” that was sponsored by Birth International every two years from 1992 until 2009.
Whether you are a private-practising, hospital-based or student midwife, this section of our site aims to provide you with an informative source of midwifery articles. It addresses current issues and topics of interest to the profession. We have a focus on raising the standard of care for women and babies. Therefore, we aim to bring you midwifery articles which promote reflection on current practice and encourage continuous improvement. We also highlight issues of rising concern.
We welcome your article suggestions for inclusion in this section of our site..
For years women and midwives have campaigned for Medicare for midwifery services. In 2009 Maternity Services Review recommended Medicare rebates for midwifery services with the exclusion of homebirth. Personally I […]
SOME very positive recommendations for women and midwives have come from the National Maternity Services Report. One essential outcome was the extension of the Medicare Benefits Schedule and the Pharmaceutical […]
Midwives are becoming more engaged with social media and electronic communications in both their professional and personal lives. We explore some of the pitfalls, precautions and powerful possibilities that social […]
by Karen Guililland Social change of the magnitude experienced by the New Zealand Maternity Service over the last eight years has not been without difficulties. The changes have challenged individual […]