It IOK..l Rt"'I'\.ll •• in\ud midwifery is widely recognised with the\ud move towards a profession that is evidence\ud based. (Sandall, 1998). The foundations for\ud policies, procedures and guidelines have\ud mainly arisen from quantitative research,\ud especially in the form of randomised controlled\ud trials (RCTs) (NHS, 1996). The\ud HS Executive in 1996 stated that only\ud recommendations based on RCTs should\ud be used in contract setting (NHS, 1996)
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