The Legacy of Midwifery and the Women’s Health Movement in Contemporary Discourses of Patient Choice and Empowerment
Margaret E. MacDonald, PhD.
This commentary traces the roots of the notion of patient empowerment and patient-centred care to the radical beginnings of the women’s health movement and the feminist critiques of medicalized childbirth. I pay particular attention to the emergence of the concept of informed choice in community midwifery as one of the women’s health...
Adriana Cappelletti, BHSc, Angela H. Reitsma, RM, MSc, Julia Simioni, MSc, Jordyn Horne, BSc, Caroline McGregor, BSc, Rashid J. Ahmed, BSc, and Eileen K. Hutton, PhD
Objective: To identify common errors in midwifery data collection and provide midwives with the rationales behind data cleaning, the importance of reliable data, and the links between data collection, research studies, and...
Manavi Handa, RM, MHSc, and Simone Rosenberg, RM
Objective: In Ontario and across Canada, midwives do not provide pregnancy termination but provide referrals and support for clients. This differs from a number of international jurisdictions where abortion has been added to the midwifery scope of practice, resulting in safe outcomes for women and improved access to services. This...
Emily E. Campbell, MScFN RD, and Jamie A. Seabrook, PhD
Adverse birth outcomes are associated with infant morbidity and mortality and with an increased likelihood of type 2 diabetes, hypertension, and cardiovascular disease in adulthood. Socioeconomic status (SES) is one of the most reliable predictors of health disparities, and although the association between SES and birth outcomes has been studied previously, this is,...
The Impact of the Advances in Labour and Risk Management (ALARM) Course on Learners’ Perceptions of their Own and Others’ Professions
Beth Murray Davis, RM, PhD, Meghan McConnell, PhD, Anne Malott, RM, PhD(c), Valerie
Mueller, MD, Elizabeth Shaw, MD, and Patricia Solomon, PhD
Background: Simulation-based training in emergencies is beneficial for all professionals who work in obstetrics. However, managing obstetric emergencies requires both technical and non-technical skills such as teamwork. Interprofessional education (IPE) offers an effective strategy for learning competencies in collaboration...
Sarah L. Sangster and Melanie K. Bayly
Although demand for midwifery services in Canada is increasing, research suggests that a low proportion of Canadians would consider midwifery care for their or their partner’s pregnancy. There is still a significant gap in knowledge about why Canadians prefer physician or obstetrician based care over midwifery care. In order to...