Australian College of Midwives
National Midwifery Guidelines for Consultation & Referral
This 3rd Edition provides greater clarity around categories A, B and C with improved definitions as well as an expanded range of clinical indications and additional appendices. Also available is the Record of Understanding (Appendix B) with explanatory notes. The ACM Consultation and Referral Guidelines have been endorsed by State and Territory governments, are embedded in practice at every level, and are used extensively from private practising midwives through to medical consultants at tertiary hospitals.
This edition is available as a smart, compact and durable spiral-bound book for $24.75 (GST Inc). Order your copy now.
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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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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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