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Creating a dedicated homebirth service: Results of a 3-year pilot

Homebirth is a topic that often elicits a strong emotional reaction from health professionals and women alike It is a subject that, after being deeply out of favour, now has a positive evidence base...

Train together to work together: Reviewing feedback of community-based skills drills training for midwives and paramedics

Skills drills are the accepted format by which health professionals, including midwives, learn and maintain the skills to manage a range of obstetric emergencies (Rogers, 2007) It has been suggested...

Deliberately unassisted birth in Ireland: Understanding choice in Irish maternity services

In Ireland, some women who are unable to access a midwife-attended homebirth are choosing to give birth at home without assistance This paper describes the experience of four such women, whose stories...

Exploring undisturbed birth through art and social media: An interactive project with student midwives

Student midwives in the UK are often learning the skills of midwifery in institutions where the physiological process of birth is disturbed by technological intervention and lack of privacy The aim of...

Swimming against the tide: Women's experience of choosing a homebirth in Switzerland

There has been much discussion in recent years of the importance of women exercising their right to choose where to give birth (American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), 2011;...

Homebirth in England: Factors that impact on job satisfaction for community midwives

Homebirth rates in England have been persistently low for more than 5 decades, with just 23% of women giving birth at home in 2013 (Office for National Statistics, 2014)

Promoting homebirth: Intermediate homebirth report

The drive for Birmingham Women's hospital to relook at its current service provision and improve choice around place of birth was in direct response to the findings in the Birthplace Study (Birthplace...

Exploring health professionals’ and women's awareness of models of maternity care evidence

The organisation of maternity care is paramount in providing safe, cost effective and normalised care for women (Sandall et al, 2010) Maternity care can be delivered using different models

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