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

 

Study Confirms Primary Units and Home Births Safe For Women


31 October 2019


NZ College of Midwives Comments on Australian Study Which Confirms Primary Units and Home Births Safe For Women

The biggest ever Australian study on where women give birth has shown that giving birth at home or in a birthing unit is safe for well-women and babies. This study confirms the existing evidence from New Zealand and other countries (such as the UK and Canada) that birthing in midwifery led units or at home reduces unnecessary birth interventions for women without compromising the safety of them or their babies.

Australian researchers analysed the birth outcomes for 1.25 million women from across every state and territory. They found that women who planned home births had the highest rate of “normal” labour and birth with no-interventions s (95.1%) closely followed by midwife led birthing centres (89.2%). This compared to 78.6% of births in a hospital setting. There was no difference in the wellbeing of babies no matter where they were born.

The College of Midwives Chief Executive, Alison Eddy, says, “This study adds to the already considerable body of evidence which demonstrates the benefits of birth in primary settings such as home or primary birthing units. It reinforces the need for a stronger focus on increasing women’s access to primary birthing facilities within Aotearoa New Zealand. Our maternity system supports midwives to provide continuity of care and enables women to know their care giver during labour and birth. This differs to many other countries where maternity care can be hospital-led and fragmented.”

“I know many women who have had babies here and in other countries like Australia and the UK and they tell me how many more choices they have here and how much more positive and supportive their experience has been because of continuity of midwifery care.”

In 2017 the overall rate of home birth in New Zealand was 3.4%, 10% of women gave birth in a midwifery-led unit, 40.8% in a secondary maternity hospital and 42.8% in a tertiary maternity hospital.
(MOH, Report on Maternity 2017, https://www.health.govt.nz/publication/report-maternity-2017)

Workforce shortages are threatening the ability of midwives to continue to provide the level of service New Zealand women expect. Supporting the community midwives with an appropriate payment structure which pays midwives for work that is currently expected but not funded would go a long way to supporting our maternity system. “These issues continue to challenge us as we strive to provide the outcomes our midwifery continuity care model can deliver,” Eddy. “We have been negotiating with the Ministry of Health for more than four years now. We all know what works best, here’s even more evidence, we wish they would just get on with it.”

ends

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

 


Howard Davis: Controlling the High Ground

Stephen Johnson's raw and angry film not only poses important questions with scrupulous authenticity, but also provides a timely reminder of the genocidal consequences of casual bigotry and xenophobia. More>>

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: 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>>


 
 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

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