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The profile of women who consult midwives in Australia.
Women Birth. 2013 Dec; 26(4):240-5.WB

Abstract

BACKGROUND

There is no Australian data on the characteristics of women who consult with midwives.

AIM

To determine the profile of women who consult midwives in Australia.

METHODS

This cross-sectional research was conducted as part of the Australian Longitudinal Study on Women's Health (ALSWH). Participants were the younger (31-36 years) cohort of the ALSWH who completed a survey in 2009, and indicated that they were currently pregnant (n=801). The main outcome measure was consultation with a midwife.

FINDINGS

Of the 801 women who indicated that they were currently pregnant at the time of the survey, 19%, 42%, and 70% of women in the first, second and third trimesters respectively had consulted with a midwife. Women were more likely to consult a midwife if they: also consulted with a hospital doctor (OR=2.70, 95% CI: 1.66, 4.40); also consulted with a complementary and alternative medicine practitioner (OR=1.94, 95% CI: 1.25, 3.03); were depressed (OR=1.84, 95% CI: 1.03, 3.28); constipated (OR=1.80, 95% CI: 1.04, 3.13); or had been diagnosed or treated for hypertension during pregnancy (OR=2.78, 95% CI: 1.27, 6.09). Women were less likely (OR=0.34, 95% CI: 0.21, 0.56) to consult with a midwife if they had private health insurance.

CONCLUSION

Women were more likely to consult with midwives in conjunction with consultations with hospital doctors or complementary and alternative medicine practitioners. Women with private health insurance were less likely to consult midwives. More research is necessary to determine the implications of the lack of midwifery care for these women.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Faculty of Health, University of Technology Sydney, Australia.No affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article

Language

eng

PubMed ID

24035518

Citation

Sibbritt, David W., et al. "The Profile of Women Who Consult Midwives in Australia." Women and Birth : Journal of the Australian College of Midwives, vol. 26, no. 4, 2013, pp. 240-5.
Sibbritt DW, Catling-Paull CJ, Scarf VL, et al. The profile of women who consult midwives in Australia. Women Birth. 2013;26(4):240-5.
Sibbritt, D. W., Catling-Paull, C. J., Scarf, V. L., & Homer, C. S. (2013). The profile of women who consult midwives in Australia. Women and Birth : Journal of the Australian College of Midwives, 26(4), 240-5. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.wombi.2013.08.007
Sibbritt DW, et al. The Profile of Women Who Consult Midwives in Australia. Women Birth. 2013;26(4):240-5. PubMed PMID: 24035518.
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TY - JOUR T1 - The profile of women who consult midwives in Australia. AU - Sibbritt,David W, AU - Catling-Paull,Christine J, AU - Scarf,Vanessa L, AU - Homer,Caroline S E, Y1 - 2013/09/10/ PY - 2013/03/25/received PY - 2013/08/05/revised PY - 2013/08/16/accepted PY - 2013/9/17/entrez PY - 2013/9/17/pubmed PY - 2014/3/25/medline KW - Consultation KW - Midwifery KW - Midwives KW - Pregnancy KW - Women SP - 240 EP - 5 JF - Women and birth : journal of the Australian College of Midwives JO - Women Birth VL - 26 IS - 4 N2 - BACKGROUND: There is no Australian data on the characteristics of women who consult with midwives. AIM: To determine the profile of women who consult midwives in Australia. METHODS: This cross-sectional research was conducted as part of the Australian Longitudinal Study on Women's Health (ALSWH). Participants were the younger (31-36 years) cohort of the ALSWH who completed a survey in 2009, and indicated that they were currently pregnant (n=801). The main outcome measure was consultation with a midwife. FINDINGS: Of the 801 women who indicated that they were currently pregnant at the time of the survey, 19%, 42%, and 70% of women in the first, second and third trimesters respectively had consulted with a midwife. Women were more likely to consult a midwife if they: also consulted with a hospital doctor (OR=2.70, 95% CI: 1.66, 4.40); also consulted with a complementary and alternative medicine practitioner (OR=1.94, 95% CI: 1.25, 3.03); were depressed (OR=1.84, 95% CI: 1.03, 3.28); constipated (OR=1.80, 95% CI: 1.04, 3.13); or had been diagnosed or treated for hypertension during pregnancy (OR=2.78, 95% CI: 1.27, 6.09). Women were less likely (OR=0.34, 95% CI: 0.21, 0.56) to consult with a midwife if they had private health insurance. CONCLUSION: Women were more likely to consult with midwives in conjunction with consultations with hospital doctors or complementary and alternative medicine practitioners. Women with private health insurance were less likely to consult midwives. More research is necessary to determine the implications of the lack of midwifery care for these women. SN - 1878-1799 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/24035518/The_profile_of_women_who_consult_midwives_in_Australia_ L2 - https://linkinghub.elsevier.com/retrieve/pii/S1871-5192(13)00110-8 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -