Planned early relocation of pregnant women who live in geographically isolated areas to near major birthing centres - a review of literature

  • Klessa, Barbara Ann (Principal Investigator/Chief Investigator A)

Project: HDR ProjectMasters by Research

Project Details


This study discusses current policies and practices in maternal health care around the world and particularly in the remote Northern Territory of Australia (NT). I sought to identify evidence of any effect on maternal and neonatal health from the requirement for pregnant women, with low-risk pregnancies, to relocate from home at 36-38 weeks gestation to stay near a maternity facility. The study was undertaken as a review of literature in three different styles comprising systematic, grey, and narrative and culminated in an umbrella view of the overall results. This work contributes to the current range of literature by showing that there has been no rigorous research directly applicable to the primary research question.
This study highlights the need for further research into what women want in relation to birthing choices. In order that women can be free to choose the place of birth of their baby, research must be conducted which unequivocally demonstrates whether planned early relocation from their local community to near a major birthing centre, at 36-38 weeks gestation, has any effect on the health of the mother or baby. These choices will need to be balanced against increasing costs for the provision of health services to remote areas and the lack of nurses and doctors able (or willing) to work away from urban settings.
Effective start/end date30/03/17 → …


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