Ramón Escuriet is involved in a new study which you can read about here and is summarised below.
This project is part of the research network: Building Intrapartum Research through Health – an interdisciplinary whole system approach to understanding and contextualizing physiological labour and birth COST Action IS.
Some recent research has shown that births attended by midwives result in positive outcomes. The latest guidance by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE, 2014) on Intrapartum care for healthy women and babies recommends, among other practices, that care should be provided by midwives and that low risk environments for intrapartum should be promoted. It is acknowledged that care provision for low risk women in high risk environments results in increased economic costs as well as having an impact on women’s health. The aim of the study is to identify the proportion of low risk births attended by midwives in public hospitals; to identify pre-established process and outcomes indicators for low risk births attended by Midwives, and to explore health outcomes for mothers and babies for those births attended by midwives. The research is taken part in three European countries, Spain, Iceland and Ireland.
Sigfridur Inga Karlsdottir, Associate professor, University of Akureyri, Akureyri, Iceland
Rhona O’Connell, Professor, University College Cork, Cork, Ireland
Sigridur Sia Jonsdottir, Doctoral candidate, Assistant professor, University of Akureyri, Iceland
Ramón Escuriet, Directorate for planning and health research of the ministry of Health of the Government of Catalonia, Spain.
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Recent research suggests that there is some variability in the care that is given to women and their babies during labour and immediately after birth (intrapartum care). Intrapartum care can include recommendations on where the baby should be delivered, pain relief during labour, care given in the first, second and third stages of labour and care of mother and baby after the birth. Variability in intrapartum care raises concerns about how this may impact on the health of some mothers and newborn babies. This study is looking at how many normal births are attended by midwives in public health settings (for example, hospitals) and at home and recording what happens during the birth and shortly afterwards.
Who can participate?
Women aged between 18-40 pregnant with one baby and about to give birth.
What does the study involve?
This study looks at the care provided for all participants during their labour, delivery of their baby and the care of themselves and their baby after the birth. Information on all participants is recorded by the attending midwife over a 4 month period, or until a representative sample of data is collected for each type of setting that a baby can be born (that is, hospital, birth centre or whether the baby is born at home with the help of a midwife).
What are the possible benefits and risks of participating?
Participating in this study has no benefits or risks for participating women, as the care being studied is that routinely provided.
Where is the study run from?
Four different hospitals in Spain.
When is the study starting and how long is it expected to run for?
October 2016 to December 2019
Who is funding the study?
Catalonia Council of Nurses
Who is the main contact?
Dr Ramón Escuriet
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