Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2022) Maternity models of care in Australia, 2022 , AIHW, Australian Government, accessed 09 February 2023.
Australian Institute of Health and Welfare. (2022). Maternity models of care in Australia, 2022 . Retrieved from https://www.aihw.gov.au/reports/mothers-babies/maternity-models-of-care
Maternity models of care in Australia, 2022 . Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, 22 July 2022, https://www.aihw.gov.au/reports/mothers-babies/maternity-models-of-care
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In 2022, around 890 maternity models of care were reported as being in use across Australia. While the total number of models of care classified in the MoC NBPDS has increased since 2021, the key characteristics of the models of care remain the same. The characteristics of these models of care can be explored in the following sections. This includes: the 11 categories these models fall into (major model category); the designated and collaborative carers who provide these models of care (maternity carers); the extent of continuity of carer within the models (continuity of carer); whether the models target a particular group of women (target groups); and the antenatal and postnatal care and birth settings within the models.
40% are classified as public hospital maternity care, followed by shared care (15%) and midwifery group practice caseload care (15%)
44% have a midwife—public as the designated (lead) maternity carer
31% have continuity of carer through the whole maternity period
61% are targeted at specific groups of women who share a common characteristic
72% provide women with access to postnatal visits in a residential setting
97% have birthing within a hospital (birth suite/labour ward) as a planned setting for birth
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