Understanding the social organisation of maternity care systems: midwifery as a touchstone

Cecilia Benoit, Sirpa Wrede, Ivy Bourgeault, Jane Sandall, Raymond de Vries, Edwin van Teijlingen

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    "Theories of professions and healthcare organisation have difficulty in explaining variation in the organisation of maternity services across developed welfare states. Four countries - the United Kingdom, Finland, the Netherlands and Canada - serve as our case examples. While sharing several features, including political and economic systems, publicly-funded universal healthcare and favourable health outcomes, these countries nevertheless have distinct maternity care systems. We use the profession of midwifery, found in all four countries, as a 'touchstone' for exploring the sources of this diversity. Our analysis focuses on three key dimensions: (1) welfare state approaches to legalising midwifery and negotiating the role of the midwife in the division of labour; (2) professional boundaries in the maternity care domain; and (3) consumer mobilisation in support of midwifery and around maternity issues."
    Original languageEnglish
    JournalSociology of Health & Illness
    Issue number6
    Pages (from-to)722-737
    Number of pages16
    Publication statusPublished - 2005
    MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

    Fields of Science

    • mödravård
    • Finland
    • Storbritannien
    • Canada
    • USA
    • äitiyshuolto
    • Suomi
    • Iso-Britannia
    • Kanada
    • Yhdysvallat

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