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Contexts of Midwifery Practice

Contexts of Midwifery Practice

June 2015 | 208 pages | Learning Matters

In order to become skilled and competent practitioners, student midwives need to understand the complex individual, family and societal issues they will encounter. By introducing the contemporary context of midwifery practice, this book helps students to understand the problems many women face in society.

The book covers topics including violence, mental and sexual health, the rising obesity epidemic and increases in numbers of women from non-UK countries. The authors emphasise the fact that students need to be aware of their public health responsibilities and discuss various health promotion strategies.

The Principles of Health Promotion and Salutogenesis
Weight Management in Pregnancy
Age and Childbearing
Women Who Have Communication Challenges
Sexual and Reproductive Health in Childbearing
Perinatal Mental Health
Domestic Abuse
Substance Misuse and Pregnancy
Promoting Parenting in Midwifery

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Rebecca Lawes
School of Nursing and Midwifery, University of Plymouth
February 8, 2017

Has some very useful chapters in relation to Health Promotion and activities/topics linked such as weight managment

Dr Pauline Lim
School of Health, Wolverhampton University
August 1, 2016

This book is part of a series of textbooks for student midwives. They are easy to read and link theory with practice. Excellent resource.

Mrs Karen Clare Baker
School of Midwifery and Reproductive Health, Bradford University
June 25, 2016

This book introduces student midwives to the wider society in which we live. It discusses the often complex world of the pregnant woman and encourages an understanding of the individual and the society in which they live. The book allows students to consider a range of societal issues from violence to the rising obesity. In doing so, it brings real women's issues to life and allows the student midwife to consider needs in context with society. An interesting read - I will be recommending this book to my students.

Ms Sarah Jane Bowman
Community Studies, Truro & Penwith College
March 14, 2016

5 copies of this book are+ on the shelves of Sheffield Hallam Library.This is a very useful and accessible text especially for the year 2 student midwife when learning about complex health and psychosocial factors relating to the mother and her family. Each chapter is related directly to the NMC Standards for Pre-registration midwifery education, and is complemented by a series of activities with the potential to challenge the reader to reflect on their experiences from practice. Thus promoting strong theory practice links to support evidence base practice.

Celia Yeardley
Faculty of Health and Wellbeing, Midwifery, Sheffield Hallam University
June 25, 2015

This book considers wider elements of midwifery practice giving readers opportunity to apply contents to individual clients. Various models of care are used to place issues in context of care delivery. A positive for the book is that at the outset of each chapter application to the current NMC Standards for pre-registration midwifery education is detailed.

Nicky Hadlett
School of Nursing and Midwifery, University of East Anglia
June 23, 2015

A well written text that will provide the student with a sound knowledge base on which to build her/his career in midwifery.

Mrs Nan Morse
School of Care Sciences, University of South Wales (Glamorgan)
June 3, 2015

This book is well written, easy to read and very informative. It discusses the sensitive yet pertinent issues within midwifery practice today. The chapters on communication challenges and perinatal mental health are useful. The activities in all chapters are thought provoking and very useful for the students to engage in.

Mrs Suzanne Banford
Faculty of Health & Social Care, Edge Hill University
October 22, 2015

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