Benoit, C., Wrede, S., Bourgeault, I. L., Sandall, J., DeVries, R. and van Teijlingen, E., 2005. Understanding the social organisation of maternity care systems: Midwifery as a Touchstone. Sociology of Health & Illness, 27 (6), pp. 722-737.
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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.
|Uncontrolled Keywords:||cross-national comparison, maternity care system, midwifery, welfare state, inter-professional interests, citizen’s relations, service users|
|Subjects:||Technology > Medicine and Health > Nursing and Midwifery|
|Group:||School of Health and Social Care > Centre for Midwifery, Maternal and Perinatal Health|
|Deposited By:||TEMP RESEARCH|
|Deposited On:||25 Feb 2010 10:41|
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