News Video | Policy | GPs | Hospitals | Medical | Mental Health | Welfare | Search

 

Maternity Care

Maternity Care

“Any proposed review of maternity services should focus on midwifery training,” said David Russell , Chief Executive of Consumers’ Institute.

“We raised concerns in August about maternity care – particularly the shortages of independent midwives in some parts of the country, lack of choice in maternity carer, and lack of accountability. The tragic recent cases in the Wellington Coroner’s Court have highlighted some of our concerns” he said.

“We’re also aware that a discussion document issued by the Midwifery Council, as part of the current review of training, shows a lack of consistency in the curriculum content at the five midwifery schools throughout the country. A more rigorous formal assessment system of practising midwives is also needed.”

The review found only one school offered a specific course in nutrition for pregnancy and childbirth.

There was considerable inconsistency in what is classed as “clinical experience”, with some students struggling to meet the national minimum requirement that they facilitate 30 births. Clinical placement also varied. One school defined community-agency placements and community projects as clinical experience, while other schools only count placements in maternity settings.

“This information and our other concerns about assessment are why we support Wellington coroner Garry Evans’ call for a review of midwifery education and his suggestion of a one-year internship” said David Russell. “We believe reforms are needed in midwifery training and will continue to lobby for better team-based care for mothers.” END

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

 

Howard Davis: Dryzabone - Robert Conolly's The Dry

After the terrible devastation caused by last year’s bushfires, which prompted hundreds of Australians to shelter in the ocean to escape incineration and destroyed uncountable amounts of wildlife, The Dry has been released during a totally different kind of dry spell. More>>


Howard Davis: Benjamin Ree's The Painter and The Thief

The Norwegian filmmaker had long been fascinated by art thieves who commit high-stakes crimes with a delicate touch when a chance Google search in 2015 uncovered a botched heist in Oslo. More>>


Howard Davis: Anna Coddington Beams

Anna Coddington's thin, wispy vocals fit her songs beautifully, providing a wonderful lilting quality that pervades her latest album, producing instant ear worms. More>>


Howard Davis: Hit the Road, Jack - Chloé Zhao's Nomadland

Nomadland is perhaps the ultimately 'road' movie as it follows a group of dispossessed and disenfranchised vagabonds who find a form of communal refuge in camp sites and trailer parks after the economic contraction of 2008. More>>

Howard Davis: Byrneing Down the House - Spike Lee's American Utopia

Lee does an admirable job capturing Byrne's stunning live performance of his latest album, but the real star of the show is the staging. More>>


Howard Davis: The Phoenix Foundation Friend Ship Tour Docks in Wellington

A sense of local pride was certainly running high at the Opera House on Saturday night, as the lads ran through a tasty little set drawn mostly from their latest album Friend Ship (splash out for Xmas on the shocking pink extra-thick vinyl edition). More>>


Howard Davis: Avantdale Bowling Club

Auckland rapper and MC Tom Scott brought his stunning jazz-infused Taite Music Prize-winning project Avantdale Bowling Club to the Opera House headlining Wellington's 2020 Jazz Festival. More>>

Howard Davis: Troy Kingi Rules The San Fran

The award-winning Northland musician performed songs from his new record The Ghost of Freddie Cesar, the fourth installment in his 10/10/10 series - ten albums in ten years in ten genres. More>>

 
 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • CULTURE
  • HEALTH
  • EDUCATION
 
 
  • Wellington
  • Christchurch
  • Auckland