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Facebook LIVE: CONTINUITY OF CARER – with Lesley Page & Michala Marling

12th December 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

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Hello from us!

We hope you’ll come along and join us on Tuesday evening – we’re going to be in Oxford, and hosting a Facebook Live for All4Maternity.  Come along to the Facebook Page

There is an endless supply of strong and credible research that supports the need for continuity of carer throughout maternity care, more specifically the caseload model of care, which is shown to positively impact the lives of women and their family, improving pregnancy experience and outcomes for women, babies and their families (Sandall 2014, Sandall 2016a 2016b, Forster 2016).

Midwives working within the caseload model of care are less likely to experience burn out (Newton et al 2014), which is hugely important in a profession where burn out is so prevalent (Creedy et al 2017). It is also hugely beneficial for student midwives, improving their confidence, competence and personal development (Rawnson 2011, Dahlberg & Aune 2013) meaning they are more likely to have a positive impression of the caseload model when they experience this as a student, which is important in ensuring that future midwives wish to work this way.

A profoundly career affirming experience with a team of caseload Midwives during my training as a midwife is why I am so passionate about continuity of carer and am campaigning for this for the sake of women, babies, families and midwives.

Please click here to view the website for my campaign

Thank you! Michala Marling



Dahlberg, U. and Aune,I. (2013) The womans birth experience – The effect of interpersonal relationships and continuity of care. Midwifery, 29 (4), 407-415. Available online http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S026661381200174X

Creedy, D., Sidebotham, M., Gamble, J., Pallant, J. and Fenwick, J. (2017). Prevalence of burnout, depression, anxiety and stress in Australian midwives: a cross-sectional survey. BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth, 17(1).

Forster, D., McLachlan, H., Davey, M., Biro, M., Farrell, T., Gold, L., Flood, M., Shafiei, T. and Waldenström, U. (2016). Continuity of care by a primary midwife (caseload midwifery) increases women’s satisfaction with antenatal, intrapartum and postpartum care: results from the COSMOS randomised controlled trial. BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth, 16(1).

Newton, M., McLachlan, H., Willis, K. and Forster, D. (2014). Comparing satisfaction and burnout between caseload and standard care midwives: findings from two cross-sectional surveys conducted in Victoria, Australia. BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth, 14(1).

Rawnson, S. (2011). A qualitative study exploring student midwives’ experiences of carrying a caseload as part of their midwifery education in England. Midwifery, 27(6), 786-792.

Sandall J (2014) The Contribution of continuity to high quality maternity care. RCM, London. Available online https://www.rcm.org.uk/sites/default/files/Continuity%20of%20Care%20A5%20Web.pdf

Sandall J, Soltani H, Gates S, Shennan A, Devane D. Midwife-led continuity models versus other models of care for childbearing women. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2016a, Issue 4. Art. No.: CD004667. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD004667.pub5.

Sandall, J., Coxon, K., Mackintosh, N. J., Rayment-Jones, H., Locock, L., & Page, L. (2016b). Relationships: the pathway to safe, high-quality maternity care: Sheila Kitzinger symposium at Green Templeton College, Oxford: Summary report. Green Templeton College, Oxford.



12th December 2017
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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