Midwives @ New Group Practice Options (The M@NGO Project)
This is a three-year randomised controlled trial of caseload midwifery care based at the Royal Hospital for Women, Sydney. The aim is to compare the outcomes and costs of caseload midwifery care compared to standard or routine hospital care for childbearing women. Between December 2008 and June 2010, pregnant women are randomly allocated to caseload midwifery care versus routine care during pregnancy according to a post-consent method using accepted concealment measures endorsed by the NH&MRC. With 950 women or more in each of the intervention and control arms the study is powered to detect a difference in caesarean section rates, instrumental birth rates, and rates of admission to neonatal intensive care of all neonates.
The study is not powered to detect infant or maternal mortality, however all deaths will be reported. Secondary outcomes will include rates of smoking and breastfeeding initiation and duration.
The second proposed site is the Mater Mothers Hospital in Brisbane which will be overseen by Professor Sue Kildea (CIF).
Cheif investigators: Professor Sally K Tracy (University of Sydney), Professor Michael Chapman (UNSW), Professor Michael Peek (University of Sydney),Dr Mark Tracy (University of Sydney), Professor Caroline Homer (UTS), Professor Sue Kildea (ACU), Professor Alec Welsh (UNSW)
PhD Candidate at University of Sydney: Donna Hartz
Associate investigators: Professor Pat Brodie (UTS), Professor Nicky Leap (UTS), Professor Maralyn Foureur (UTS) and Professors Lesley Page and Jane Sandall from the Florence Nightingale School of Nursing and Midwifery, King's College, London; UK.
Professor Sally K Tracy