Midwifery: Preparation for Practice
Elsevier Health Sciences, Jul 22, 2011 - Medical - 976 pages
Midwifery Preparation for Practice 2e is the only text which reflects the historical and socio – political environment in which midwives in Australia and New Zealand practice. In addition, it is the only text which incorporates the philosophy and standards endorsed by New Zealand and Australian Colleges of Midwives while also focusing on the partnership between midwives with women and the woman- centred model of midwifery care.
The second edition has built on the existing philosophy and structure of Midwifery: Preparation for Practice, though with a greater emphasis on the development of critical thinking and researching skills. Key chapters have been re-written to reflect recent changes in government legislation while current research and pertinent examples are included throughout the text.
This new edition is supported by a comprehensive suite of resources for both Instructors and Students using the Evolve website as a platform. These ancillaries will re-enforce the critical thinking elements for students with interactive case studies and scenario based learning exercises as well as the multiple choice questions.
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This book is a comprehensive text laying out the principles and practices of midwifery. The breadth of topics suggests that the authors intend midwives to be well-versed in the best medical and social practices of birth in order to serve mothers and their their babies well. For that they are to be complimented.
Potential readers might question their editorial standards, however, which calls in to question the validity of their recommendations. In a discussion of the midwife's role in discussing vaccinations with parents, the text recommends the Australian Vaccination Network as a source for information. The AVN has been roundly criticized by the medical community and by lawmakers as being a deceptive site that presents one side of the vaccination question and fails to ground their arguments in rigorous science. Vaccinating one's children involves medical risk, as does the selection of where to give birth. All medical choices involve risks and trade-offs. However, if the editorial standard for this text recommends one-sided, anti-scientific resources, then how can we trust them with the other resources that they are recommending?
This book, and midwifery in general, provides an important choice for mothers. I would urge it raise its editorial standards so that students of midwifery and the unsuspecting mothers who depend on its information, can do so with confidence.