What women want: exploring pregnant women's preferences for alternative models of maternity care

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dc.contributor.author Fawsitt, Christopher G.
dc.contributor.author Bourke, Jane
dc.contributor.author Lutomski, Jennifer E.
dc.contributor.author Meaney, Sarah
dc.contributor.author McElroy, Brendan
dc.contributor.author Murphy, Rosemary
dc.contributor.author Greene, Richard A.
dc.date.accessioned 2018-02-06T13:36:28Z
dc.date.available 2018-02-06T13:36:28Z
dc.date.issued 2017
dc.identifier.citation Fawsitt, C. G., Bourke, J., Lutomski, J. E., Meaney, S., McElroy, B., Murphy, R. and Greene, R. A. (2017) 'What women want: exploring pregnant women’s preferences for alternative models of maternity care', Health Policy, 121(1), pp. 66-74. doi: 10.1016/j.healthpol.2016.10.010 en
dc.identifier.volume 121
dc.identifier.issued 1
dc.identifier.startpage 66
dc.identifier.endpage 74
dc.identifier.issn 0168-8510
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10468/5385
dc.identifier.doi 10.1016/j.healthpol.2016.10.010
dc.description.abstract Depending on obstetric risk, maternity care may be provided in one of two locations at hospital level: a consultant-led unit (CLU) or a midwifery-led unit (MLU). Care in a MLU is sparsely provided in Ireland, comprising as few as two units out of a total 21 maternity units. Given its potential for greater efficiencies of care and cost-savings for the state, there has been an increased interest to expand MLUs in Ireland. Yet, very little is known about women’s preferences for midwifery-led care, and whether they would utilise this service when presented with the choice of delivering in a CLU or MLU. This study seeks to involve women in the future planning of maternity care by investigating their preferences for care and subsequent motivations when choosing place of birth. Qualitative research is undertaken to explore maternal preferences for these different models of care. Women only revealed a preference for the MLU when co-located with a CLU due to its close proximity to medical services. However, the results suggest women do not have a clear preference for either model of care, but rather a hybrid model of care which encompasses features of both consultant- and midwifery-led care en
dc.description.sponsorship Health Service Executive (National Perinatal Epidemiology Centre of Ireland) en
dc.format.mimetype application/pdf en
dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher Elsevier Ireland Ltd en
dc.relation.uri http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0168851016302780
dc.rights © 2016, the Authors. Published by Elsevier Ireland Ltd. This is an open access article under the CC BY-NC-ND license (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/) en
dc.rights.uri http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/
dc.subject Consultant led unit en
dc.subject Midwifery led unit en
dc.subject Thematic analysis en
dc.title What women want: exploring pregnant women's preferences for alternative models of maternity care en
dc.type Article (peer-reviewed) en
dc.internal.authorcontactother c.fawsitt@gmail.com en
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dc.description.version Published Version en
dc.internal.wokid WOS:000392785300009
dc.contributor.funder Health Service Executive
dc.description.status Peer reviewed en
dc.identifier.journaltitle Health Policy en
dc.internal.IRISemailaddress Christopher G. Fawsitt, National Perinatal Epidemiology Centre, University College Cork, Cork, Ireland. +353-21-490-3000 Email: c.fawsitt@gmail.com en


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