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The new midwifery : science and sensitivity in practice
Page, Lesley.
Publication Information:
Edinburgh ; New York : Churchill Livingstone, 2000.
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xiv, 418 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
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Central Library RG950 .N49 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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Being a midwife today requires not only good clinical skills but also a broad understanding of the social and emotional adaptation to birth, which a woman must go through. A midwife must be clinically skilled and able to bring "woman-centred" practice to life. This book explores all the issues, which a midwife may experience in applying her practical knowledge with sensitivity towards every individual woman's care, before, during and after birth. Building on the changes, which have occurred in midwifery in the past decade, "The New Midwifery" describes approaches to practice,which have now been drawn from experience, underpinned by theory and biological sciences. It will help midwives to build sensitive and supportive relationships, develop openness to individual needs, and be able to use science as a basis to practice. Develops midwives practice through a deeper balance of sensitivity and science Detailed exploration of the impact of parenthood and the role a midwife can play in parents successful transitions Usesexamples from actual practice Provides discussions of important theoretical areas such as genetics and attachment Clear and practical pointers for practice are provided at the end of each chapter

Table of Contents

Effective and Appropriate Care
Putting Science and Sensitivity into Practice
Using Evidence to Inform Practice
Making Choices in Childbirth
Risk, Theoretical or Actual
Keeping Birth Normal
Providing One-to-One Practice and Enjoying It
Public Health View of the Maternity Services
Exploring New Worlds of Midwifery
Transition to Parenting
Be Nice and Don't Drop the Baby
Becoming a Parent
The Growth of Human Love and Committment
Social Support in Childbirth
Dimensions and Attributes of Caring: Women's Perceptions
Adaptation and Growth in Pregnancy, Birth and Early Life
The Beginning of Life
Physical Adaptations to Pregnancy
The Newborn
Caring for the Baby

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