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19 Midwifery-led care during childbirth: Annual report from Belgian midwives in 2021
May 5 @ 16:00 – 16:50
19  Midwifery-led care during childbirth: Annual report from Belgian midwives in 2021 @ Room C

Speaker: Lieselotte Vandeputte and Elke Van Den Bergh

Facilitator: Eunice Atsali and Hannah Yawson

The annual report on midwifery-led care during childbirth focusses on midwifery-led care in Belgium. It is the second report to address the underreporting and need for transparency of the work that midwives do autonomously in Belgium.

Design and setting: The research was conducted through an online registrations form. Midwives could register each birth they attended or autonomously performed. 31 midwifery practices with 108 self-employed midwives primarily employed in Flanders and Brussels participated in this registration. Measurements and findings: In total 1,587 labours that started in first line and were also initially planned to give birth in first line under supervision of the midwife were registered. Of these 1,587 registrations, 1,311 deliveries were performed autonomously by the midwife: 695 deliveries took place at home, 278 deliveries were assisted in a hospital, 155 deliveries in a birthing house and 182 in a midwifery led unit inside of a hospital. One delivery took place on the way to the hospital. Finally, 276 women were referred intrapartum to the hospital for medical reasons after which delivery took place under the supervision of the gynecologist.

Key conclusions: MLC is safe and of high quality. Women have a higher chance of a physiological birth. Maternal and neonatal outcomes are excellent and in line with scientific literature. Implications for practice: There is a need for expanding the research into French speaking Belgium and to disseminate more the good results of midwifery led care as a safe and valid birth choice, given the increased demand for it.