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Skip to 0 minutes and 7 secondsHello, everybody. This is Mary again and welcome to week two. Before you go into the contents of week two, it might be worth just reminding you what we covered last week in week one. And in week one, we actually introduce you to the current state of maternity care provision. And we did that particularly by looking through the eyes of Janet. You remember the video of Janet talking about her experience of maternity care when she gave birth recently to Calum, her little boy. We saw that Janet was really unhappy and she'd not had a very good time. She felt quite disconnected and out of control.

Skip to 0 minutes and 47 secondsAnd we know that that's the experience of many women currently, but we also saw that midwives too are unhappy with the way maternity care is provided at the moment. And midwives are just one group of health professionals involved in maternity care that are feeling like this. And what we saw was that it's probably that lack of connection and lack of relationship in the way maternity care is provided that's leaving so many people feeling unhappy and dissatisfied. But we also know, and we introduced last week, that things can be different. And that if we introduce relationships into maternity care, the outcomes are better for everybody. And we showed you an example of how that can happen.

Skip to 1 minute and 34 secondsWhen we introduced you to the Lancet Series framework on midwifery. And you'll recall Mary Renfrew talking about the series at the end of last week. What we're going to do this week is take that concept a little bit further. I'm actually going to describe how relationship-based care can enhance the experience for women and for healthcare professionals. And we're going to go through what makes an effective relationship. And then we're going to show you what relationships exist in maternity care and how we can enhance them. We're going to bring that together and actually take you a little bit further into the Lancet Series framework on midwifery, and we're going to show you the integrality framework, how it all comes together.

Skip to 2 minutes and 21 secondsAnd we can actually redesign maternity care focused upon relationships. So, as we get ready to go into another week, here we are ready to work with you and hopefully enjoy the journey.

Welcome to Week 2

What do you think relationship-based care means? What’s so important about relationships anyway? How do relationships work in maternity care?

This week we answer these questions in detail. We explore why relationships matter and the types of relationships - between whom - you will encounter in a maternity care setting.

Building on from our discussion of the Lancet Series on Midwifery last week, we introduce the Integrality Framework, which gives you a model to follow when implementing relationship-based maternity care in your area.

At the end of the week, you can compare Amani’s experience of midwifery continuity of care with Janet’s story from last week. Who do you think had the more positive outcome?

Over to you

What are you 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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This video is from the free online course:

Maternity Care: Building Relationships Really Does Save Lives

Griffith University