Griffith launches first health-related free MOOC to improve global maternity care

8 November 2017

Maternity Care: Building Relationships Really Does Save Lives’ is open for enrolment now and enables learners to see how quality relationships between mothers, midwives and other health professionals transforms maternity care and saves lives.

Griffith University’s leading midwifery expert and award-winning university teacher, Professor Jenny Gamble leads the global discussion regarding why we need relationship-based care in maternity services now.

“Unfortunately, many women around the world receive insufficient or fragmented maternity care which contributes to poor health and well-being including avoidable deaths of mothers and babies. Simultaneously the opportunity to enhance health and the health of communities is overlooked” says Professor Gamble.

Described as too much too soon, maternity care in high-income countries is often medicalised and intervention rates are too high. Conversely, in low-income countries care is often simply not available and is described as too little too late. Regardless of setting, women around the world may experience dehumanised and disrespectful care. Poor quality maternity care has long-term consequences for the health of women and their families.

“International research confirms that maternity services are often not working well for health professionals either with high rates of stress and burnout for midwives, doctors and other health care providers” she says.

Available on FutureLearn, the social learning platform, ‘Maternity Care: Building Relationships Really Does Save Lives’ will connect individuals from around the world where they will have the opportunity not just to explore why care is not currently meeting the needs of women, but to hear from international experts on how they can be part of a global movement that begins the change the world needs – relationship based care.

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