Guidelines for Midwifery Practice
National Midwifery Guidelines for Consultation & Referral
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|Midwives, as primary carers, need to make evidenced based decisions regarding when an individual woman in their care may need medical attention during pregnancy, labour, birth or the post-natal period.
These guidelines have been developed to provide midwives with support in doing this. It is the intention that the guidelines be used to facilitate consultation and integration of care between midwives and doctors, giving confidence to providers, women and their families.
The College has developed these Consultation and Referral Guidelines in conjunction with a multi-disciplinary expert panel and with public consultation. The Guidelines are internationally comparable and based on the latest available research evidence at the time of publication.
The Guidelines were first published in 2004 and this second edition was published in 2008.
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Caesarean section - National Institute for Clinical Excellence
|These evidence based guidelines have been developed by the European based National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) to help ensure consistency of quality of care experienced by women having a CS. It provides evidence based information for health care professionals and women about:
the risks and benefits of CS
certain specific indications for CS
effective management strategies which avoid CS
anaesthetic and surgical aspects of care
interventions to reduce morbidity from CS and
aspects of organisation and environment which affect CS rates.
The Australian College of Midwives endorses these guidelines.
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National clinical guidelines for the management of drug use during pregnancy, birth and the early development years of the newborn
These nationally agreed clinical guidelines are intended to support a range of health care workers who care for pregnant women with drug and alcohol use issues, and their infants and families. The guidelines are based on the best currently available evidence, developed through a rigorous process in which international and Australian research literature was reviewed by experts and consensus achieved.
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National Consensus Framework for Rural Maternity Services
This Framework has been developed to fill a growing need to guide policy and planning for sustainable rural maternity services across Australia. The need for such a Framework is demonstrated by community and professional concern about the ongoing closure of rural birthing services. However, until now, there was no set of agreed principles that communities, service providers, decision makers and funders could use to work together to ensure safe, evidence based maternity care for the third of Australian mothers who live outside major cities.
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Management of Early Pregnancy Loss Clinical Guidelines
This guideline provides information related to the diagnosis and clinical management of women with early pregnancy loss, defined as a loss within the first 12 completed weeks of pregnancy. It mainly addresses the management of spontaneous miscarriage, but is also relevant to women affected by ectopic pregnancy and gestational trophoblastic disease, although specific guidelines for these conditions should be examined separately.2,3,4
This Guideline is intended to be primarily used by clinicians working in women's health settings; it should also be valuable to anyone providing health care to women experiencing early pregnancy problems.
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Clinical Practice Guidelines - Antenatal Care Module 1
The Guidelines have been endorsed by the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC). The purpose of the Guidelines is to provide evidence‐based advice on the care of pregnant women in a range of settings.
Module I has a specific chapter on Antenatal care for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women.
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