Whether you are a midwife already in private practice, or you are contemplating making the shift, this section of our site aims to offer you a broad range of midwifery resources to support all aspects of quality service provision. Currently under construction, we aim to offer in this section a comprehensive range of midwifery resources, including hard-to-find information. Our goal is to provide resources that support midwives in establishing a private practice, and in providing a comprehensive and high quality service to women and their babies.
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Midwifery articles, resources and stories
Term Breech Trial
The art of breech vaginal delivery has in some places been lost through the headlong dash of many obstetricians to the comfort of caesarean delivery. In 2000, Hannah et al published the findings of a randomised multicentre trial into planned caesarean section versus planned vaginal birth for breech presentation at term. More than ten years on the’ Term Breech Trial’ remains a prime example of how evidence itself can be put on trial.
Home or Hospital? Is there a 'best' birthing option?
In this public lecture, one of ten in the 2012 UTSpeaks series, Professor Caroline Homer explores the history of birth and the debate that rages today in regards to the importance of birth place and practices, women’s rights to choose, and the politics that drive public policy.
According to a study published in the Medical Journal of Australia in 2009, private hospitals are safer than public hospitals for mothers and newborn babies. However in reviewing the research methodology utilised to reach this conclusion, clinicians and other researchers identified a number of flaws.
The politicisation of science: A critique of the South Australian Homebirth Paper and its portrayal in the media
Homebirth continues to incite powerful responses and passionate debate. In January 2010 the Medical Journal of Australia released a study about planned home and hospital births in South Australia occurring from 1991 to 2006. This article explores the resulting media frenzy and the true findings of the study,
Granny Smith – Not just about apples
The original Granny Smith was in fact more famous in her lifetime for being the local midwife than she was for her now internationally acclaimed green apples