Megan Cooper Paula Puawe Jane Connell


Research - it is a term that is often met with a multitude of reactions. For some it is a bland concept and process whilst for others research is exciting and thought-provoking as well as motivating. As the systematic investigation of both new and existing knowledge and practice 1, research is an integral element of maternity care provision and therefore a midwives role. Midwives are obligated both professionally and ethically to be consumers of research knowledge, particularly as accountability and professional obligations begin and end with practice that is evidence-based 2. Contemporary practice provides a myriad of opportunities for midwives to engage in the research process, and it is through the assessment of care that the viability and therefore, questionability of knowledge and its resultant outcomes are understood. With this knowledge and understanding, positive change can occur.  


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