Problem:

Socio-demographic data collection can help midwives understand and manage health disparities among low-risk birthing people and newborns. Despite the potential for such an initiative, little is known about the types of socio-demographic data midwives prioritize in the care they provide. Even less known are the current ways socio-demographic data is used and the challenges faced for collection.

Background:

The culmination of the first phase had elicited more questions than answers. Thus, the following are the key issues that have been raised during the capstone project. First, the survey has verified midwifery interest in addressing health equity broadly, as well as uncovered the variation in the ways data is used, challenges to data collection, and areas that should be addressed before implementation efforts draw near. A major challenge remains to uncover the best way to take the information participants viewed as crucial at the point of care to develop a format for standardized data collection. There is a need for more consensus amongst midwives on defining health equity and goals for data collection to guide considerations around where and how data should be captured. Clearly midwives in ALT have the advantage to address health equity, but a better sense of the supports that can mitigate barriers and foster sustainability is required.

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