How did a paper that reported low level scientific evidence get more attention, and lead to such public questioning of the safety of New Zealand midwifery care, than 15 randomised controlled trials?
This is one of the questions raised by Professor Hannah Dahlen from the University of Western Sydney in her recent blog critiquing the Wernham paper. Her concerns are shared by Professor Sally Tracy of the University of Sydney and Professor Lesley McCowan of the University of Auckland who have responded by writing letters to the publishing journals editor and can be seen below.
Many organisations, both National and international also wrote statements providing support for midwives and the New Zealand maternity system.
The Emperor’s new clothes: the politics of birth research
Professor Sally Tracy, University of Sydney
Professor Lesley McCowan, University of Auckland
Ministry of Health Confirms Doubts about Lawton Study Results
NZ DOCTOR Editorial 12th October 2016 - Babies and bathwater – keeping the perspective
Schools of Midwifery claim midwifery education world class
DHB Midwifery Leaders Media statement
Message to New Zealand Women and Midwives
NZCOM letter to members 30 September 2016
MERAS letter to members 30 September 2016
ACM responds to NZ study into maternity care, warns researchers not to confuse association with causation
Reassurance over safety of NZ maternity care
Overwhelming support from women
Positive response from Ministry Good News for Midwives, Mums and Babies
Study Supports Midwives’ Claims of Maternity Service Under Resourcing - 28 September 2016
John Maindonald, Statistics Research Associates Ltd
MOH Radio response
Improving Research into Models of Maternity Care to Inform Decision Making
Are we OK, Mum? A deep dive into the state of maternity care in New Zealand
Oxfords Women's Health Facebook Comment
Waikato Homebirth - A Facebook response to the trending stories about midwifery care