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Nov

09

Monday

What are the strategies for implementing primary care models in maternity? A systematic review on midwifery units’

12.30pm

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Public

This event will take place online via Zoom.

Speaker: Laura Batinelli

The Centre for Maternal and Child Health Research at the School of Health Science, City, University of London welcomes Laura Batinelli to discuss the findings of her review ‘What are the strategies for implementing primary care models in maternity? A systematic review on midwifery units’ as part of the research seminar series.

Midwifery units (MUs) are primary models of care and have demonstrated association with good perinatal (maternal and infant) outcomes, service users’ and professionals’ satisfaction and cost-effectiveness. (Hollowell et al., 2011) However they still do not represent the mainstream option of maternity care in many countries internationally. Understanding which are the effective strategies when trying to integrate this model of care into the obstetrically led services could support and inform the implementation process that many countries and realities still need to approach and face.

In the past 18 months I first conducted a scoping search and then a systematic review on this specific topic. Thematic synthesis as described by Thomas and Harden in 2008 was chosen as the most appropriate method to review the findings of this search. Making decisions along the way has sometimes been challenging but also a useful, interesting and formative journey for me. I am looking forward to sharing with you the process, the methodology used and some preliminary findings.

About the speaker

Laura is a clinical academic midwife who joined City, University of London in 2017 as a research midwife working alongside Professor Christine McCourt and Dr Lucia Rocca-Ihenacho on an NIHR Knowledge Mobilisation fellowship on how to implement the NICE guidelines on place of birth. She is passionate about implementation research and how to promote the application of evidence into practice. In 2019 she started her PhD studies and her research project title is “Supporting the implementation and scaling-up of midwifery units in Europe: how can capacity in the maternity workforce be developed?”. This project is an Italian case study using Participatory Action Research and Implementation Science and a collaboration between City University of London and Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna in Pisa.

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12.30pm - 1.30pmMonday 9th November 2020