Public health is emerging as one of the most important drivers
in midwifery, and yet there are few textbooks that address the
midwife’s role in public health.
This book summarises the important developments in public
health over recent years and will relate the recommendations to
midwifery practice in a clear and easily understood manner. It
highlights issues around health inequalities pertinent to maternity
services and promotes individualised, non-judgmental approaches
The evidence based medicine movement, which arose in McMaster University in
Canada in the 1990s, has steadily grown to influence health-care professions other
than medicine where it is recognised as evidence based practice. It is now widely
accepted as a fundamental tenet where health care is available in developed
country settings and the prevailing medical system is one of western medicine.
The importance of evidence in defining policy and practice in the UK health
system and others is acknowledged and, probably, enduring....
The care of a woman and her baby in the immediate hours, days and
weeks following birth can make an enormous difference to their longterm
health and well-being. The content and timing of postnatal care
led by midwives was formalised in the United Kingdom following a
statutory legislation that was first introduced in England in 1902. Then
there were concerns that too many women were dying following birth.
This book is an attempt to bring together experts in their respective
fields to place in one volume, for the first time, a comprehensive
examination of normal birth practice. A glance through the Contents
pages will reveal the variety of perspectives included here. Soo and I
wanted to capture, as far as we could, a holistic overview of the current
state of knowledge and skills in the wonderful complexity of labour
The title for this book was chosen at a Midwifery Today1 conference held in Salem,
Massachusetts. Three of the contributors to this book—Raymond DeVries, Eugene
Declercq, and I—were conference speakers. Our talks on that sunshiny day in the fall
of 1997 fit well with the conference theme of counteracting negative stereotypes of
This is a textbook written for all midwives.
Midwives worldwide have a primary focus
on pregnancy and birth in all types of settings.
International concern for safe motherhood
and the health and well-being of women builds on
this core of midwifery. In the United States, the
practice of midwifery encompasses the health care
of women from puberty through senescence and
from normal to high-risk, and the collaborative
care of the medically or obstetrically complicated.
To be with and provide care to women in all settings
requires an extensive and in-depth knowledge
base and skill competency.
The absorption of midwifery into medical practice is a recent process, a
development linked in many western countries with the diminishing role of
midwives, the increased involvement of the man-midwife, the general
practitioner and the obstetrician in the birthing process and, in the twentieth
century, the increased hospitalization of childbirth.
I would like to start by saying how pleased I am that Health Promotion in
Midwifery has reached a second edition, the first having been more popular than my
editors at Arnold or I had ever dreamed possible. The development of the principles
and practices laid out in this second edition will enable midwives and other health
professionals to keep health promotion at the forefront of their midwifery practice.
The popularity of this, and other publications, demonstrates that midwifery and
health promotion are very comfortable partners in the minds and hearts of
A student magazine asserts that a key action towards sustainability is ‘don’t
have kids’ (Anon. 2008: 29). Another ‘green’ magazine for parents points out
that ‘in the US, even having just one child creates a carbon legacy almost six
times greater than each parent’s own lifetime carbon emissions’ (McAleer
2009). Sustainability and birthing human children are figured as mutually
exclusive. So how do we get an edited collection of essays in a book with both
the words ‘sustainability’ and ‘birth’ in the title?...
The Clinical Practice Guidelines for Midwifery & Women’s Health provided here represent
a compilation of current practices that includes evidence-based, traditional, and
empiric care from a wide variety of sources. The Clinical Practice Guidelines for Midwifery
& Women’s Health are used voluntarily and assume that the practicing women’s
health professional will temper them with sound clinical judgment, knowledge of
patient or client preferences, national and local standards, and attention to sound risk
This book is written with the intention of providing nurse practitioners working in
the field of acute medicine with an up-to-date, practical and comprehensive guide to
the management of acute medical patients.
It is hoped that it will serve as a text from which the busy, highly skilled nurse can
obtain information on the assessment, investigation, diagnosis and management of
acute medical conditions.
In my role as Consultant Nurse in Acute Medicine I appreciate the diversity this
speciality brings and the challenges faced by working at an advanced level in this
Ancient traditions, when tested by the severe processes of modern investigation, commonly enough fade away
into mere dreams: but it is singular how often the dream turns out to have been a half-waking one, presaging a
For five months now all people who read at all have been reading about the horrible war that is devastating
Europe and shedding the best blood of the people of five great nations. In fact, they have had no time to read
anything else, and everything that is published about it is seized upon with great avidity. No wonder, then,
that Mr. James M. Beck's book, The Evidence in the Case, published by G. P. Putnam's Sons, which has
grown out of the article by him contributed to the New York Times Sunday Magazine, has been warmly
welcomed both here and in England as a...
In Australia and New Zealand, there are three levels of nurse: Enrolled Nurse (EN), Registered
Nurse (RN) and Nurse Practitioner (NP), an RN with advanced education and training. Nursing
and midwifery qualifications are recognized between the two nations under the Trans Tasman
Mutual Recognition Agreement. Nurses and midwives represent around 50% of Australia’s
health workforce, though the availability of clinicians varies greatly in urban and remote areas.
New Zealand has a total nursing workforce of approximately 40,000 practicing nurses and nurse