Understanding the social organisation of maternity care systems: Midwifery as a Touchstone

C. Benoit, S. Wrede, I. Bourgeault, J. Sandall, R. DeVries, Edwin Roland Van Teijlingen

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    Abstract

    Theories of professions and healthcare organisation have difficulty in explaining variation in the organisation of maternity services across developed welfare states. Four countries - the United Kingdom, Finland, the Netherlands and Canada - serve as our case examples. While sharing several features, including political and economic systems, publicly-funded universal healthcare and favourable health outcomes, these countries nevertheless have distinct maternity care systems. We use the profession of midwifery, found in all four countries, as a 'touchstone' for exploring the sources of this diversity. Our analysis focuses on three key dimensions: (1) welfare state approaches to legalising midwifery and negotiating the role of the midwife in the division of labour; (2) professional boundaries in the maternity care domain; and (3) consumer mobilisation in support of midwifery and around maternity issues.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)722-737
    Number of pages15
    JournalSociology of Health & Illness
    Volume27
    Issue number6
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2005

    Keywords

    • cross-national comparison
    • maternity care system
    • midwifery
    • welfare state
    • inter-professional interests
    • citizen's relations
    • service users
    • HEALTH-CARE
    • SOCIOLOGY
    • BOUNDARY
    • FINLAND
    • WORK

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    Benoit, C., Wrede, S., Bourgeault, I., Sandall, J., DeVries, R., & Van Teijlingen, E. R. (2005). Understanding the social organisation of maternity care systems: Midwifery as a Touchstone. Sociology of Health & Illness, 27(6), 722-737. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-9566.2005.00471.x

    Understanding the social organisation of maternity care systems: Midwifery as a Touchstone. / Benoit, C.; Wrede, S.; Bourgeault, I.; Sandall, J.; DeVries, R.; Van Teijlingen, Edwin Roland.

    In: Sociology of Health & Illness, Vol. 27, No. 6, 2005, p. 722-737.

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    Benoit, C, Wrede, S, Bourgeault, I, Sandall, J, DeVries, R & Van Teijlingen, ER 2005, 'Understanding the social organisation of maternity care systems: Midwifery as a Touchstone', Sociology of Health & Illness, vol. 27, no. 6, pp. 722-737. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-9566.2005.00471.x
    Benoit, C. ; Wrede, S. ; Bourgeault, I. ; Sandall, J. ; DeVries, R. ; Van Teijlingen, Edwin Roland. / Understanding the social organisation of maternity care systems: Midwifery as a Touchstone. In: Sociology of Health & Illness. 2005 ; Vol. 27, No. 6. pp. 722-737.
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