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Essential reading


McCourt C, Rance S, Rayment J, Sandall J. (2011) Birthplace qualitative organisational case studies: how maternity care systems may affect the provision of care in different birth settings Birthplace in England research programme. Final report, part 6. NIHR Service Delivery and Organisation programme; 2011.

McCourt, C. Rayment, J.,  Rance, S., Sandall, J. (2014) An ethnographic organisational study of alongside midwifery units: a follow-on study from the Birthplace in England programme. Health Services And Delivery Research 2014 VOL. 2 NO. 7


Books and published papers 

Coxon K (2012) Making evidence about risks and benefits accessible to parents NCT Perspective Issue 16

Kirkham M (2003) Birth centres: a social model for maternity care Books for midwives 

Tucker J, Hundley V, Kiger A, Bryers H, Caldow J, Farmer J, Harris F, Ireland J,  van Teijlingen E (2005) Sustainable maternity services in remote and rural Scotland? A qualitative survey of staff views on required skills, competencies and training

McFarlane AJ et al (2014) Survey of women's experiences of care in a new freestanding midwifery unit in an inner city area of London, England - 1: Methods and women's overall ratings of care

Rayment J, McCourt C, Rance S, Sandall J (2015) What makes alongside midwifery- led units work? Lessons from a national research project The Practising Midwife June Pp 31-33 

Walsh D (2006) Improving Maternity Services: the epidemiologically based needs assessment reviews, Vol 2: Small is Beautiful - lessons from a birth centre  CRC Press

Hinton L, Dumelow C, Rowe R and Hollowell J (2018) Birthplace choices: what are the information needs of women when choosing where to give birth in England? A qualitative study using online and face to face focus groups  BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018, 18:12 | Published on: 8 January 2018


On the 2nd July 2015, the National Childbirth Trust held and event  Midwifery-led care and choice of place of birth: facilitating change through sharing research and good practice at the University of Birmingham.

Please follow this link to access the slides from the talks given by experts on the day.