Midwife-led continuity of care


There are many different models of care for a childbearing woman in Australia. These include a range of midwife-led continuity of care models, as well as medical-led models, and shared care between midwives, obstetricians, and general practitioners.

In 2016, a Cochrane review of available evidence found that midwife-led continuity of care models provide additional benefits compared to other models, with no adverse events. As a result, there has been growing support to expand the implementation of this model across Australia.

This module provides an overview of the midwife-led continuity of care model. It is intended for midwives and midwifery and child health program managers working in Aboriginal health services. Aboriginal medical services generally use multidisciplinary team care models of care that include Aboriginal health practitioners, support workers, and other staff. This module may assist all those involved in the care of expectant mothers and newborns in the Aboriginal health environment.

Learning Objectives

At the end of this module participants will be able to:

  • Describe midwife-led continuity of care.
  • Describe key features of the model.
  • Describe different types of continuity of care achieved through the model.
  • Describe individual and team-based models
  • Describe the target population.

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