McWhirter, R, Regulation of unregistered birth workers in Australia: Homebirth and public safety, Women and Birth, 31, (2) pp. 134-142. ISSN 1871-5192 (2018) [Refereed Article]
© 2017 Australian College of Midwives. Published by Elsevier
Aim: To explore the consequences for the availability of birth choices for women that arise from the introduction of negative licensing.
Discussion: An analysis of the regulatory framework and recent cases of unregistered birth workers attending homebirths reveals problems with equitable access to homebirth support, arising from issues with professional indemnity insurance, geography, and poor integration with hospitals and the wider healthcare system. These problems contribute to women choosing to employ the services of unregistered birth workers.
Conclusion: Negative licensing provides a useful additional tool for improving the safety of homebirths for mothers and babies, but it does not address the issues leading expectant parents to choose an unregistered birth worker to attend their births, and may contribute to an increase in high-risk behaviours, such as freebirthing.
|Item Type:||Refereed Article|
|Keywords:||home birth, midwifery, regulation of health professions, freebirth, unregistered birth workers|
|Research Division:||Health Sciences|
|Research Field:||Clinical midwifery|
|Objective Division:||Expanding Knowledge|
|Objective Group:||Expanding knowledge|
|Objective Field:||Expanding knowledge in law and legal studies|
|UTAS Author:||McWhirter, R (Dr Rebekah McWhirter)|
|Year Published:||2018 (online first 2017)|
|Web of Science® Times Cited:||2|
|Deposited By:||Menzies Institute for Medical Research|
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