Griffith launches free online course to improve global maternity care

Griffith University is encouraging people from around the world to take part in a free online course to help transform the quality of maternity care globally.

The course, dubbed ‘Maternity Care: Building Relationships Really Does Save Lives’ enables learners to see how quality relationships between mothers, midwives and other health professionals improves maternity care and saves lives.

Griffith University’s leading midwifery expert and award-winning university teacher, Professor Jenny Gamble leads the global discussion regarding why relationship-based care in maternity services is so important.


“Unfortunately, many women around the world receive insufficient or fragmented maternity care which contributes to poor health and well-being including avoidable deaths of mothers and babies,” Professor Gamble said.

“Simultaneously the opportunity to enhance health and the health of communities is overlooked.

“Described as too much too soon, maternity care in high-income countries is often medicalised and intervention rates are too high.

“Conversely, in low-income countries care is often simply not available and is described as too little too late.”

Available on FutureLearn, the course will connect people from around the world where they will have the opportunity not just to explore why care is not currently meeting the needs of women, but to hear from international experts on how they can be part of a global movement that begins the change the world needs – relationship based care.

The course runs for three weeks from November 20 and the learning modules are in bite-sized chunks and available 24/7 to enable flexible study.

Professor Gamble says “The course is designed for everyone concerned about the quality of healthcare for mothers and babies including parents and other members of the community, midwives and other health professionals, researchers, educators, policy makers, politicians and health system funders.

The course ‘Maternity Care: Building Relationships Really Does Save Lives’ is open for enrolment now. For more information, click here.