Understanding the social organisation of maternity care systems: midwifery as a touchstone.

  title={Understanding the social organisation of maternity care systems: midwifery as a touchstone.},
  author={Cecilia Benoit and Sirpa Wrede and Ivy Lynn Bourgeault and Jane Sandall and Raymond Gene De Vries and Edwin R. van Teijlingen},
  journal={Sociology of health & illness},
  volume={27 6},
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… CONTINUE READING
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