Continuity of Carer
There is a plethora of evidence that continuity of care during pregnancy, birth and during the postnatal period is beneficial for mothers and babies ( Sandall et al 2016a, 2016b,), and there are also benefits for midwives (Homer et al 2017).
There is a plethora of evidence that continuity of care during pregnancy, birth and during the postnatal period is beneficial for mothers and babies ( Sandall et al 2016a, 2016b,), and there are also benefits for midwives (Homer et al 2017). There are national and international policy directives that recommend this model of maternity care provision as optimal (Department of Health Better Births 2016, World Health Organisation (2016, 2018).
Learning aims and objectives
This module aims to provide you with an introduction to continuity of midwifery carer, looking at some of the key research findings as well as local, national and international evidence and directives, providing you with the basis of information about why continuity matters.
By the end of this e-learning module you will have:
- An understanding of the evidence base and policies relating to midwifery led continuity of carer
- Knowledge of what continuity of carer is and how evidence has evolved
- Explored the advantages of continuity of care, and have an appreciation of who benefits
Linking key words/topics
Childbirth, continuity of care, continuity of carer, relationships, relational care, positive birth, maternal health, perinatal health
- Course Objectives
Summary of key learning points
References & recommended reading