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Social Impacts of Closure of Maternity Services in Rural Areas


Hoang, H and Le, Q and McManamey, RM, Social Impacts of Closure of Maternity Services in Rural Areas, Health and Well-Being: A Social and Cultural Perspective, Nova Science Publishers, Q Le (ed), New York, pp. 69-78. ISBN 9781611226485 (2011) [Research Book Chapter]

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Childbirth is both a universal biological and a uniquely individual event. The physical process of childbirth is similar for everyone, but each birth experience is not. Women can have a less positive birth experience when women’s needs in maternity care are not meet. In Australia rural communities have experienced an on-going loss of maternity services for more than a decade forcing thousands of rural and remote women to leave their community and familiar places to distant centres to give birth. As place is not just referred to a geographic boundary, people attach meaning and emotion to place. The loss of obstetric services in rural areas has had major social impacts on rural communities ranging from poorer outcomes for mothers and babies, family disruption and costs associated with travel and accommodation, the physical and other impacts of long travel, the risks including roadside birthing and the sustainability of rural communities.

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Item Type:Research Book Chapter
Keywords:social impacts, closure of maternity units, rural areas, maternity services, rural communities, place attachment.
Research Division:Human Society
Research Group:Sociology
Research Field:Rural sociology
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Specific population health (excl. Indigenous health)
Objective Field:Rural and remote area health
UTAS Author:Hoang, H (Dr Ha Hoang)
UTAS Author:Le, Q (Dr Quynh Le)
UTAS Author:McManamey, RM (Dr Rosa McManamey)
ID Code:69848
Year Published:2011
Deposited By:UTAS Centre for Rural Health
Deposited On:2011-05-23
Last Modified:2017-11-02
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