Therapeutic pluralism in pregnancy, labour and birthing: decision-making, communication and inter-professional dynamics (2010–2011)

Abstract:
This study - providing the first national data on women s experiences of midwifery, obstetrics and complementary and alternative medicine in pregnancy, labour and birthing (PLB) as well as comparing the perspectives of women with maternity care providers is the first of its kind worldwide. Critically examining models of care, risk construction, and communication experiences, we provide novel insight into the impact of these diverse professional groupings. Employing a novel combination of theories and methodologies, we examine women s and practitioners experiences of PLB, interpersonal communication, and care in order to aid effective PLB practice and provide new theoretical understanding of these intersecting social worlds .
Grant type:
ARC Discovery Projects
Researchers:
Funded by:
Australian Research Council