This book is the first comprehensive international overview of maternity services. Drawing on concepts of risk and social citizenship, it explores the relationship between welfare regimes and health policy by comparing and contrasting provision for childbearing women.
Each substantive chapter focuses on a different country, presenting detailed contextual information on health care provision, maternity interventions and birth outcomes there. They discuss key issues such as birth rates and fertility patterns, the role of patient choice, attitudes to place of birth and maternity entitlements among others, and the countries covered represent diverse welfare regimes, including Ireland, Scotland, Sweden, the Netherlands, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United States, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. An extended introduction and a conclusion draw the book together and place it in the context of the literature on comparative welfare regimes.
It is an important reference for students and academics interested in comparative social policy, health services research, and maternity services and policies.
Introduction Patricia Kennedy and Naonori Kodate 1. Welfare States, Healthcare Regimes and Maternity Services and Policy: A Comparative Perspective Patricia Kennedy, Naonori Kodate and Nadine Reibling 2. New Zealand Riz Firestone, Anna Matheson, Barry Borman, Laura D. Howe and Lis Ellison-Loschmann 3. Ireland Patricia Kennedy 4. United States of America Christine H. Morton and Megan M. Henley 5. Australia Meredith McIntyre 6. Scotland Helen Cheyne 7. Canada Louise Marie Roth and Amanda M. Lubold 8. Japan Rieko Kishi Fukuzawa and Naonori Kodate 9. Italy Marina Scavini and Chiara Molinari 10. Germany Nadine Reibling and Monika Mischke 11. The Netherlands Monika Ewa Kaminska 12. Sweden Jan Thomas and Ingegered Hildingsson