7. Principles for handover in the homebirth transfer context

May 5, 2018 @ 04:00 – 05:00 UTC Timezone
Room 1, Big Blue Button

Speaker: Deborah Fox

Facilitator: Megan Koontz

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Timely referral and smooth collaboration between maternity caregivers is important for the safety and well-being of women and their babies, especially when place of birth and caregivers change. Handover communication has the capacity to delay or expedite care and may act as a barrier or facilitator to collaboration.

This study explored the views and experiences of women, midwives and obstetricians on the intrapartum transfer of women from planned homebirth to hospital in Australia. Thirty-six qualitative interviews were conducted and a Constructivist grounded theory approach was taken. Development of the principles occurred from a synthesis of the findings with existing documents guiding homebirth transfers and a multidisciplinary model for handover in the perioperative setting.

This presentation will highlight a number of best practice principles for handover that incorporate women’s expectations and provide clarity on the role of the midwife handing over to hospital staff.