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Skip to 0 minutes and 12 secondsWe can teach you how to help transform maternity care to save lives and to improve the experience of women and midwives everywhere. How? It's deceptively simple-- through relationships. International research shows that when the same midwife provides care for a woman before, during, and after birth, including facilitating relationships with other health professionals, that woman is less likely to experience pre-term birth, foetal death, and other complications. Wouldn't you prefer to build a trusting relationship with one key person who could follow you through such a life changing event? This model is called midwifery continuity of care. It could literally save your life and the life of your baby. Relationships are good for midwives too.

Skip to 1 minute and 1 secondHealth care workers are under the pump, job dissatisfaction and burnout is high. Tired, stressed workers leave the workforce which impacts on all of us. But when midwives develop quality relationships with women, job satisfaction goes up and attrition goes down. Whilst it's vital to know about the research, the really important thing is implementing the research. And that's the tricky bit because it's just not happening on a wide scale. So that's where we come in with this course. We we're going to give you the steps and show you how. How to implement relationship based maternity care for every woman everywhere. Continuity of midwifery care is the key to that. If you could really help save lives, why wouldn't you?

Welcome to the course

This course will show you how to help reshape the provision of maternity care globally - through relationships with women, families, and care providers at every level. You’ll share ideas, make your own plans, and discuss with experts and learners from across the world.

This week, we explore the current problems faced in maternity care - from the perspective of women and families, as well as midwives, doctors, and other care providers. We round out the week by discussing the need for change, and we start to investigate what that change might look like.

Meet the team

Join educators Jenny, Mary and Lianne - global leaders, researchers and teachers in maternity care - as you learn more about the problems facing maternity care, the clear, evidence-based solution, and how you can help.

Mary Sidebotham Mary is a passionate and experienced midwife and teacher. Mary is the Director of the Master of Primary Maternity Care degree at Griffith University.
Jenny Gamble Jenny is a midwife and teacher, committed to quality maternity care for all women. Jenny is the Head of Midwifery at Griffith University.
Lianne Schwartz Lianne is a passionate midwife and a teacher at Griffith University. Lianne runs advanced skills and self-care workshops and retreats for midwives, as well as a caseload practice.

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Maternity Care: Building Relationships Really Does Save Lives

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