Midwifery caseload

Identifying and definitional attributes

Metadata item type:Glossary Item
Synonymous names:Midwifery group practice; Midwifery continuity of carer
METeOR identifier:562448
Registration status:Health, Standard 14/05/2015
Definition:A model of maternity care where women have a primary midwife assigned to them throughout pregnancy, labour and birth and the postnatal period. Each midwife has an agreed number (caseload) of women per year and acts as a second or "back-up" midwife for women who have another midwife as their primary carer. Caseload midwives usually work on a 24-hour on-call basis (this may be organised within a group) and may be employed on an annualised salary. This is also known as a midwifery continuity of carer model of care and may be a private or public arrangement. Midwifery caseload may be managed within a midwifery group practice model where a small number of midwives join together in a group with each midwife having their own caseload and providing backup for the other midwives in the group practice. A key aspect of caseload midwifery practice that differentiates it from ‘team midwifery’ models is that women have a named midwife, caseload midwives have a self-managed workload that is outside of a traditional roster structure and provides a high level of continuity of a known carer across the continuum of maternity care. Note that this is different to team midwifery.

Source and reference attributes

Submitting organisation:National Perinatal Epidemiology and Statistics Unit
Reference documents:Homer C, Brodie P & Leap N. 2008. Getting started: what is midwifery continuity of care? in Midwifery Continuity of Care. Chatswood: Elsevier Australia, 1-24

Relational attributes

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Maternity model of care NBPDS Health, Standard 14/05/2015

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