The New Midwifery: Science and Sensitivity in Practice

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Elsevier Health Sciences, 2006 - Medical - 389 pages
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Practicing as a midwife today requires not only good clinical skills but also a broad understanding of the social and emotional changes a woman experiences before and after birth. This book combines scientific knowledge with the more intangible skills needed for sensitive communication to provide the best possible care to the mother and her family. The second edition of this celebrated text vividly explores the various skills and approaches that lead to successful midwifery practice and uses care stories to bring these to life.

  • Provides a refreshingly new approach to key areas of midwifery practice in a way that brings practice to life.
  • Illustrates and supports the fundamental changes currently taking place in midwifery around the world.
  • Builds on the most up-to-date, evidence-based research to suggest guidelines for best practices.
  • Explores the impact of parenthood and offers strategies for effectively supporting individuals during this period of transition.


  • Includes "care stories" - case studies that highlight positive midwifery care and successful childbirth experiences.
  • Offers contrasting stories from around the world, illustrating how maternity care in industrialized society differs from that in a non-industrial or third world environment.
  • Provides up-to-date research and reference material.
 

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Contents

What women want from care around the time of birth
3
First relationships and the growth of love and commitment
21
Becoming a parent
49
Midwifery partnership working with women
73
The politics of involving women in decision making
97
Supporting midwives to support women
125
Working with women developing continuity of care in practice
141
The birth of twins a reflection on practice
167
Risk theoretical or actual?
227
Why do research?
251
Jennas care story postterm pregnancy
271
Promoting healthy birth using midwifery skills and the organization of practice
289
A public health view of the maternity services
291
Reducing inequalities in childbirth the midwifes role in public health
311
Keeping birth normal
333
Being with Jane in childbirth putting science and sensitivity into practice
359

Putting science into practice
185
Evidencebased care and twins
187
Evidencebased midwifery finding appraising and applying evidence in practice
203

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