Doctor of Philosophy, Institute of Feminist and Gender Studies (2015-present)
The impact of free-standing birth centres on the career trajectory of birth centre aides in Canada: A multi-sited case study.
Dr Audrey Giles
Free standing birth centres (FSBCs) have recently become a new option for midwives and their clients in the provinces of Ontario and Manitoba, having been a part of regulated midwifery in Quebec since its (re)introduction. FSBCs also represent a unique set of work arrangements. Not only are they midwifery-led, they also involve new cadres of health workers – birth centre aides. As part of a pre-existing research team, Yvonne’s project will consider the impact of provincially funded, free standing, midwifery led birth centres in Canada in increasing midwifery’s capacity to deliver high quality, evidence-based maternity care. This research will also study how birth centre aides been developed and implemented as a new health human resource in birth centres.