Midwives and other healthcare providers are grappling with the issue of rising intervention rates in childbirth and trying to identify ways to reverse the trend. It is increasingly accepted that intervention in childbirth has long-term consequences for women and their children. Birth Territory provides practical, evidence-based ideas for restructuring the birth territory to facilitate normal birth.
- Links new research findings to birth environments and outcomes.
- Describes the elements of an ideal birthing environment.
- Suggests how to modify existing maternity services to achieve optimal results.
- Investigates the links between the experiences of women and babies, and outcomes.
- Explores the effects of legal and socio-political factors.
By Kathleen Fahy, BN, MEd, PhD, RM, RN, Professor of Midwifery and Head of Discipline, School Nursing and Midwifery, Faculty of Health, University of Newcastle, NSW, Australia; Maralyn Foureur, BA, GradDip, PhD, RN, RM, Professor of Midwifery,Centre for Midwifery, Child and Family Health,University of Technology, Sydney, Australia and Carolyn Hastie, RM, RN, DipTeach, GradDipPHC, IBCLC, Masters Philosophy Student, Midwifery Manager, Obstetric & Gynecology Department, Belmont Birthing Service, Hunter New England Health, Australia