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Midwifery Continuity of Care

A Practical Guide

The many pressures on maternity services such as escalating intervention rates, rising costs, and midwife and doctor shortages has resulted in a growing interest in how midwifery continuity of care can be provided. Midwifery Continuity of Care provides a robust and well structured ‘how to’ guide to this topic by discussing the development, implementation and evaluation of differing ways of providing continuity. This new book includes practical advice on engagement with stakeholder as well as outlining ways of receiving and acting on feedback in relation to development, implementation and ongoing evaluation.

Midwifery Continuity of Care includes summaries and vignettes which bring midwifery continuity of care to life and make them relevant to practising midwives, managers and others working within maternity services. Written by an international team of contributors, this book highlights the lessons learned by others to help develop new ways of thinking and practising. It will be an invaluable practical guide to all midwives, midwifery managers, student midwives and educators, and will also be of interest to policy makers and health service executives.


Published: May 2008

Imprint: Churchill Livingstone

ISBN: 978-0-7295-7844-8


  • Introduction: Professors Caroline Homer, Pat Brodie & Nicky Leap

    Chapter 1: Getting started: What is midwifery continuity of care? Professors Caroline Homer, Pat Brodie & Nicky Leap

    Chapter 2 – Midwifery continuity of care? What is the evidence? Professors Jane Sandall, Lesley Page, Caroline Homer and Nicky Leap

    Chapter 3 – Understanding your context: Preparing for change. Dr Chris Hendry

    Chapter 4 – Introducing cointinuity of care in mainstream maternity services: Building blocks for success: Professors Nicky Leap, Caroline Homer and Pat Brodie

    Chapter 5 – Effective collaboration with medical colleagues: Making it happen: Professor Pat Brodie, Dr Greg Davis, Professor Caroline Homer

    Chapter 6 – Planning and implementing mainstream midwifery group practices in a tertiary setting: Chris Cornwell, Roz Donnellan Fernandez and Anne Nixon

    Chapter 7 – Ensuring safety and quality: Jane Raymond, Donna Hartz and Dr Michael Nicol

    Chapter 8 –Sustaining midwifery continuity of care: Perspectives for managersProfessor Pat Brodie, Professor Cathy Warwick Carolyn Hastie, Liz Smythe and Carolyn Young

    Chapter 9 – The challenges of evaluating midwifery continuity of care Professors Maralyn Foureur and Jane Sandall

    Chapter 10 – Midwifery continuity of care for specific communities: Professors Caroline Homer, Pat Brodie & Nicky Leap

    Chapter 11: Politics, policy and the press: Crucial pieces in the maternity reform jigsaw. Dr Barbara Vernon

    Chapter 12: Midwifery continuity of care: The future: Professors Caroline Homer, Pat Brodie & Nicky Leap


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