Skip to 0 minutes and 7 secondsHi, everyone. It's Mary here. Welcome to week three. Hopefully, you're really enjoying the course. And what we'll do is we'll have a look back at what we did last week. Last week was really all about relationships, showing you why relationships matter, how important they are in maternity care. And to do that, we actually had a look at some of the specific relationships. And you might remember we looked at how midwives work with doctors, how women interact with their midwives. And we looked at why it's important to make those relationships strong. And to do that, we actually looked at, what makes a strong relationship? What are the elements that enable people to form relationships and work together well?

Skip to 0 minutes and 50 secondsAnd we finally rounded off and demonstrated how it all comes together by using and showing you the integrality framework where we wrapped care around a woman within a case study. So let's have a look at what we're going to be doing this week. So this is the week where we bring it all together and we enable you to see, what influence can you have in this space? How can you do your bit to promote relationship-based maternity care? And to do that, we start by showing you some bigger case studies where people have actually come together, where strong relationships exist.

Skip to 1 minute and 29 secondsAnd like we showed you in the case study last week, we show you some bigger and different examples of how relationships work. Because it's important for you to really understand that concept so that you can actually then begin to think, what can I do in this space? And anybody and everybody can have an impact in this space to make this happen for all women. So what we'll enable you to do, regardless of your background, is to identify and set some goals as to how you can influence the change that's needed. And then when you've set your goals, we'll start looking about what the enablers and barriers might be to you being able to put those goals into action.

Skip to 2 minutes and 14 secondsSo we help you to look at some examples and then create your own plan and then move forward to how, from following, doing this course, you can actually begin to contribute to the change that's needed to form relationship-based maternity care.

Welcome to Week 3

We’ve seen that the way maternity care is provided in many cases isn’t working well. Women like Janet are unhappy, and midwives and other maternity care providers feel stressed. We’ve outlined a model that can work across any setting - the Integrality Framework.

The Integrality Framework for relationship-based care can be used in any environment. From a small group practice of midwives, a community looking to establish a new model of maternity care, or a large governmental organisation ready to redesign the way maternity services will be set up across a country - any of these might decide to deliver maternity care this way. For example, in New Zealand, most women receive government-funded care through a relationship-based model, because that’s how this country has decided maternity care is best provided for women. Regardless of the scale of service, what we know is that if we design and deliver our maternity care models through relationship-based care, the outcomes are better for women, babies, care providers and communities.

Relationship-based care in practise

What we need to work out next is how do we make it work in practise? How do we go from a model that provides fragmented care - where women like Janet felt disconnected and there was little integration between her care providers - to providing care based on relationships, where everyone involved will achieve the benefits we’ve explored?

This week, we guide you through exactly this: the practical application of the Integrality Framework, through case studies, real-life stories, and the steps you can take to develop your own action plan to push for change

We’ve looked at who, why and what - now it’s time to get clear on how. And when? With the benefits we know can happen - as soon as possible.

Over to you

What is the key thing you are hoping to get out of this week? Do you have any questions about last week’s materials that you’d like to clarify before moving on?

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Maternity Care: Building Relationships Really Does Save Lives

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