Part-time positions in Caseload Midwifery Group Practice: Impact on satisfaction and quality of care

Vidanka Vasilevski, Linda Sweet, Lisa Smith, Maree Dell

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Abstract

Background: Caseload continuity of care models of midwifery are associated with benefits for both mothers and babies. For midwifery staff, caseload models offer flexibility, supportive work partnerships, and one-to-one care with women. However, most caseload models require midwives to be employed 0.7 full-time equivalent or more. Aim: To evaluate the satisfaction of women and staff with 0.5 full-time equivalent part-time caseload midwifery group practice care. Methods: A mixed-methods survey study was undertaken. Women, part-time and full-time caseload midwifery staff completed an online survey regarding their experiences. Descriptive statistics were calculated and thematic analysis of qualitative responses was undertaken. Findings: Women were highly satisfied with the part-time model of care. They indicated a number of advantages including excellent support, flexibility, and responsiveness in receiving care from two primary midwives. Similarly, caseload team midwives were satisfied with the part-time model and valued the flexibility that it offers. Improved coverage of hours and being part of a workplace that promoted work-life balance were perceived as key advantages of having part-time staff in the caseload team. Discussion: The part-time model facilitated continuity of care and was received positively by women. For staff, part-time roles enhanced work satisfaction and reduced burnout. Most staff encouraged greater expansion of part-time roles. Organisations may reduce midwife burnout and associated costs by implementing part-time roles to support work-life balance and staff satisfaction. Conclusion: Part-time caseload midwifery models offered greater flexibility and work-life-balance for staff compared to full-time models and were well received by women.

Original languageEnglish
Number of pages8
JournalWomen and Birth
Early online date19 Nov 2020
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 19 Nov 2020

Keywords

  • Caseload
  • Continuity of care
  • Health workforce
  • Midwifery
  • Midwifery Group Practice

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