Women in rural and remote areas may present to a hospital that does not have a designated maternity service when birth is imminent. Non-midwifery clinicians need to be able to provide safe and effective care to the woman until qualified help arrives and/or she is transferred to a birthing facility.
The Imminent Birth Education Program, which consists of an online component, a face-to-face workshop and a facilitator guide, is an evidence-based program that provides the non-midwifery workforce in rural and remote health facilities with basic knowledge and skills to assist women who present when birth is imminent.
The positive uptake of the program illustrates how the Imminent Birth Education Program addresses an identified gap for rural and remote clinicians in non-birthing facilities.
The Imminent Birth Education Program is a partnership between:
- Northern Maternity and Neonatal Clinical Network
- Statewide Maternity and Neonatal Clinical Network
- Statewide Rural and Remote Clinical Network
It was developed and implemented under the auspice of Health and Wellbeing Service Group, Townsville Health and Hospital Service.
The Steering Group comprised 12 members from 10 HHSs and the Royal Flying Doctor Service.