Midwifery Continuity of Care: A Practical Guide

Midwifery Continuity of Care


  • Caroline Homer, Centre for Midwifery and Family Health, Faculty of Nursing, University of Technology, Sydney, NSW, Australia;
  • Pat Brodie, Professor of Maternity Practice, Development and Research, University of Technology, Sydney, NSW, Australia
  • Nicky Leap, Director of Midwifery Practice and Associate Professor of Midwifery, Centre for Midwifery and Family Health, Faculty of Nursing, University of Technology, Sydney, Australia

The many pressures on maternity services such as escalating intervention rates, rising costs, and midwife and doctor shortages has resulted in a growing interest in how midwifery continuity of care can be provided. Midwifery Continuity of Care provides a robust and well structured ‘how to’ guide to this topic by discussing the development, implementation and evaluation of differing ways of providing continuity. This new book includes practical advice on engagement with stakeholder as well as outlining ways of receiving and acting on feedback in relation to development, implementation and ongoing evaluation.

Midwifery Continuity of Care includes summaries and vignettes which bring midwifery continuity of care to life and make them relevant to practising midwives, managers and others working within maternity services. Written by an international team of contributors, this book highlights the lessons learned by others to help develop new ways of thinking and practising. It will be an invaluable practical guide to all midwives, midwifery managers, student midwives and educators, and will also be of interest to policy makers and health service executives.

Key Features

  • Introduces the subject of midwifery models of care
  • Includes the different types of models of care, such as: team midwifery, caseload midwifery, one to one midwifery, and lead maternity caregiver
  • Includes international contributions and examples from Australia, New Zealand, the UK, Canada and the US
  • Discusses care within different settings: city; rural; and remote; as well as the different organisational and industrial challenges
  • Provides information in the form of evidence, stories and experiences to facilitate and support the establishment of models of midwifery care.
  • Written by a team who have direct experience rather than only in an academic sense
  • Brings shared knowledge together from different contexts will be valuable in a range of settings
  • Includes photographs, tables and figures


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