Sustaining quality midwifery care in a pandemic and beyond


Renfrew MJ, Cheyne H, Craig J, Duff E, Dykes F, Hunter B, Lavender T, Page L, Ross-Davie M, Spiby H & Downe S (2020) Sustaining quality midwifery care in a pandemic and beyond. Midwifery, 88, Art. No.: 102759.

First paragraph: The rapid development of COVID-19 has completely altered the context of health care across the UK and around the world. The speed and severity of the pandemic has taken us all by surprise, priorities have shifted and the balance of risks has changed. Things that seemed to be of the greatest importance only a few weeks ago have been swept away. Practice environments have changed almost beyond recognition, especially in hospitals, and a heightened sense of urgency and even fear can, understandably, predominate. The public health and medical imperative is such that there is a perception that the needs, preferences and decisions of childbearing women and even their rights and those of their babies are less important or even irrelevant (Birthrights, 2020).

Obstetrics and Gynaecology; Maternity and Midwifery

Midwifery: Volume 88

FundersNational Institute for Health Research
Publication date30/09/2020
Publication date online31/05/2020
Date accepted by journal19/05/2020
PublisherElsevier BV