Being a midwife today requires not only good clinical skills but also a broad understanding of the social and emotional changes a woman goes through before and after birth. The New Midwifery Second Edition looks at combining scientific knowledge with the more intangible skills needed in sensitive communication to provide the best possible care for the mother and her family.
"There was a kind of silence in the relationship, a stillness which was very important. And we'd done all the talking in the build up. So the talking was done. I felt confident that she [the midwife] knew where I was coming from and vice versa. It was like we'd done all our dress rehearsal - what if, what if. And on the day there was nothing left to say really. So it just felt very calm, and I think that was the most important thing."
The second edition of this celebrated text explores vividly the various skills and approaches that lead to successful midwifery practice and uses care stories to bring these to life.
Building on a thorough grounding of theory and research evidence, The New Midwifery will enable all midwives to practise with a more effective range of skills and, as these real-life quotes from mothers bear out, provide unique professional support before, during and after birth.
"I think we had a really good relationship actually. It was more of a friend relationship, but a friend you could trust in - a professional friend you could rely on."
Section 1: Transition to Parenting and Relationships in Practice - Working with Women
1. What Women Want from Care Around the Time of Birth
2. First Relationships and the Growth of Love and Commitment
3. Becoming a Parent
4. Midwifery Partnership: Working 'With' Women
5. The Politics of Involving Women in Decision Making
6. Supporting Midwives to Support Women
7. Working with Women: Developing Continuity of Care in Practice
8. The Birth of Twins: A Reflection on Practice
Section 2: Putting Science into Practice
9. Evidence-Based Care and Twins
10. Evidence-Based Midwifery: Finding, Appraising and Applying Evidence in Practice
11. Risk: Theoretical or Actual?
12. Why Do Research?
13. Jenna's Care Story: Post-Term Pregnancy
Section 3: Promoting Healthy Birth, Using Midwifery Skills and the Organisation of Practice
14. A Public Health View of Maternity Services
15. Reducing Inequalities in Childbirth: The Midwife's Role in Public Health
16. Keeping Birth Normal
17. Being with Jane in Childbirth: Putting Science and Sensitivity into Practice
McCandlish, Rona Wellcome Trust Training Fellow in Clinical Epidemiology, National Perinatal Epidemiology Unit, University of Oxford, UK.