New PDF release: Becoming a midwife

By Rosemary Mander; Valerie Fleming

ISBN-10: 0203871413

ISBN-13: 9780203871416

ISBN-10: 0415464374

ISBN-13: 9780415464376

ISBN-10: 0415464382

ISBN-13: 9780415464383

Midwifery care locally throughout the woman's being pregnant / Yvonne Fontein -- Midwifery care whereas the girl is in labour in an establishment / Miranda web page -- Midwifery care of the mum and child at domestic / Alison Ewing -- Midwives and perinatal psychological wellbeing and fitness / Eleanor Forrest -- The midwife supervisor / Georgina Sosa -- The midwife who's in schooling / Elma Paxton -- The manager of midwives / Jean Duerden -- the educational midwife / Rosemary Mander -- The midwife as a researcher / Ans Luyben -- The midwife historian / Lindsay Reid -- the worldwide midwife / Valerie Fleming -- The autonomous midwife / Nessa McHugh -- A male midwife's viewpoint / Denis Walsh -- The midwife who's no longer a mom / Rosemary Mander -- The midwife who's an writer / Penny Curtis -- The ex-midwife / Elaine Haycock-Stuart

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It will look at the historical basis for and practice of midwifery care at home and at what has become of postnatal care at home in the twenty-first century, then go on to detail a wish list for postnatal care. The historical basis of community-based postnatal care What is, or was, postnatal care? When midwifery care was regulated at the beginning of the twentieth century, one of the main causes of mortality and morbidity of women and babies was either maternal or neonatal sepsis. Until 1986, there was a statutory requirement in the Midwives Rules for midwives to visit the woman daily until ten days postpartum, with a recommendation that the woman have two visits a day in the first few days if she had given birth at home (Sweet 1983; Garcia et al.

The story told in this chapter comes largely from my own experience of working in a busy urban obstetric unit, but I have also drawn on an amalgam of events and characters conjured into being though the tales of labour ward life told to me at conferences, study days and workshops, at various times in my career as a practising midwife, RCM steward and researcher. I hope, therefore, that the midwives and events I describe will ring bells and provide food for thought for practising midwives in many settings, and, for those preparing to enter the profession, an insight into hospital life through the eyes of one midwife on a typical labour ward shift.

Instead of being involved in helping that one woman and that one baby, I created, as best I could with the resources available, the environment that helped lots of mothers have lots of babies with hopefully lots of midwives all experiencing that ‘bit of magic’. It wasn’t easy and I didn’t always manage to pull it off, but I tried, as we all do every day. Midwifery care in an institution 41 Commentary In spite of her apparently light-hearted approach, Miranda’s chapter illuminates the seriously complex role of the midwife working in a labour ward.

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