Journal article

What is it about antenatal continuity of caregiver that matters to women?

Mary-Ann Davey, Stephanie Brown, Fiona Bruinsma

Birth | Published : 2005

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Continuity of care and of caregiver are thought to be important influences on women's experience of maternity care. The aim of this study was to analyze the influence of two aspects of continuity of caregiver in the antenatal period on women's overall rating of antenatal care: the extent to which women saw the same caregiver throughout pregnancy, and the extent to which women thought that their caregiver knew and remembered them and their progress from one visit to the next. METHODS: An anonymous, population-based postal survey was conducted of 1,616 women who gave birth in a 14-day period in September 1999 in Victoria, Australia. Multivariate methods were used to analyze the dat..

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