The purpose of the Having a Baby in Queensland website is to provide maternity care consumers and others with relevant and trustworthy information about pregnancy, labour and birth, and the post-birth period. Three key principles have been adopted to ensure the quality of the Having a Baby in Queensland website and, in particular, to guide the development of information for inclusion in the website. Based on these principles, we commit to only providing information on the Having a Baby in Queensland website that is woman-centred, evidence-based, and understandable.
The information is woman-centred. That is, the information is provided in a way that demonstrates that the needs and preferences of individual women are considered paramount and are prioritised over the needs and preferences of other individuals, care providers, services and organisations. The information does not condone providing care considered ‘best practice’ by some individuals or organisations if that care does not meet a woman’s individual needs and preferences. We also provide information in a way that recognises that each woman has unique individual needs, preferences and experiences. We do not make assumptions about what these needs, preferences and experience are, nor do we do we judge a particular preference, decision or experience as ‘right’ or ‘better’ than another.
We provide information that is neutral, impartial and non-directive. We never provide ‘recommendations’ or ‘advice’. The information we provide does not favour or promote one option over another. Instead, the information focuses on transparently describing all the different options for women, and supporting women to identify those options that are best aligned with their values, needs and preferences.In providing information, we make it clear that we recognise women’s capacity to make informed and rational decisions when provided with information and support. All information provided respects women’s fundamental right to autonomy and self-determination.
The information provided is based on a thorough, critical review of available evidence. The evidence on which the information is based may comprise scientific evidence, women’s knowledge or expert opinion, depending on the nature and purpose of the resource. The nature of the evidence base to the information is transparently communicated to allow readers to make informed judgments about the relevance of the information to them.
When the information provided on the Having a Baby in Queensland Website is in the form of a ‘decision aid’, the process of reviewing and synthesising evidence adheres closely to the International Patient Decision Aids Standards (IPDAS) Collaboration checklist (see http://ipdas.ohri.ca/).
The information is communicated in a way that is consistent with principles of effective health communication and effective risk communication. We minimise use of metaphors and colloquialisms, as these may be particularly ineffective ways to communicate with linguistically diverse populations. We minimise the use of technical terms or jargon where feasible, and provide clear and comprehensible definitions of terms when they are used.
When the information provided on the Having a Baby in Queensland Website is in the form of a ‘decision aid’, the process of communicating information and evidence adheres closely to the International Patient Decision Aids Standards (IPDAS) Collaboration checklist (see http://ipdas.ohri.ca/).
A brief summary of these principles is also available on the About this Website page of the Having a Baby in Queensland website. If you identify an example on this website where you believe the provision of information is not woman-centred, is not evidence-based or is not understandable, we welcome your feedback and will do our best to address it. Please use the Contact Us page of the Having a Baby in Queensland website to provide this feedback. Alternatively, you can email email@example.com or contact the Having a Baby in Queensland website team leader, Rachel Thompson, on 07 3346 3079.