Evidence Based Midwifery: Applications in Context

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Helen Spiby, Jane Munro
John Wiley & Sons, Oct 13, 2009 - Medical - 224 pages
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Evidence based practice is now widely accepted as a fundamental tenet of midwifery. The importance of evidence in defining midwifery policy and practice in the UK health system, and others, is acknowledged and enduring. While the development and evaluation of research in midwifery is well charted, the question of how such evidence is incorporated into practice has, to date, received less attention and discussion in the midwifery profession. Answering this need, Evidence Based Midwifery focuses on the dissemination and use of evidence for midwifery practice, and explores midwives’ experiences in using the evidence base to inform policy and enhance clinical practice.

Written by a highly-regarded and diverse group from the UK and international midwifery community, Evidence Based Midwifery addresses issues of relevance to all midwives whether clinical practitioners or educators, students or supervisors, researchers or managers. Issues that influence evidence based midwifery are discussed, and topics covered include problem based learning, implementation of evidence based guidelines and the involvement of service users.

  • Edited by founder members of the Evidence Based Midwifery Network
  • International collaboration with contributions from the UK, Greece, Canada and the Netherlands
  • Primary focus on the incorporation of evidence into midwifery practice
  • Real-life examples throughout

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1 The Nature and Use of Evidence in Midwifery Care
2 The Development of Evidence Based Midwifery in the Netherlands
3 Vaginal Birth After Caesarean VBAC
4 Midwives and Maternity Services in Greece Historical Context and Current Challenges
5 Reflections on Running an Evidence Course
6 Evidence Based Practice and Problem Based Learning a Natural Alliance?
7 Supervision of Midwifery and Evidence Based Practice
8 Is There Enough Evidence to Meet the Expectations of a Changing Midwifery Agenda?
9 Guidelines and the Consultant Midwife
10 Unpicking the Rhetoric of Midwifery Practice
11 The Potential of Service User Groups to Support Evidence Based Midwifery
12 Evidence Based Midwifery
Appendix Writing Midwifery Evidence

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About the author (2009)

Helen Spiby is Senior Lecturer in Midwifery at York University . She co-chairs the national Evidence Based Midwifery Network (EBMN)

Jane Munro is a Research & Development Midwife at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

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