Academic journal article Contemporary Nurse : a Journal for the Australian Nursing Profession

Midwifery: Preparation for Practice

Academic journal article Contemporary Nurse : a Journal for the Australian Nursing Profession

Midwifery: Preparation for Practice

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Midwifery: Preparation for Practice Pair man S, Pincombe J, Thorogood C and Tracy S (eds) (2006) Churchill Livingstone, Sydney, Edinburgh; ISBN 978 0 7295 37 56 8;PB;xvi + 878 pp; AUD 99.00

When this book was published in 2006, many midwives in Australia and New Zealand were very pleased to have a comprehensive midwifery text that was reflective of midwifery practices in these countries and felt this text was long overdue. The editors have collaborated widely and well-known and respected midwives have written the chapters in the book.

This text focuses on the woman, and the partnership she has with her midwife and this is reflected in the section names: context; the woman; the midwife; partnership; autonomous practice; and collaborative practice.The book provides current, evidence-based information for practicing midwives in both Australia and New Zealand. Midwives will find this book of assistance to them as they work with women within a midwifery model of care. For many midwives, some of the approaches and concepts in this book will be new, but will encourage them to challenge and reflect on their own practices and perhaps make some changes within their own practice environment.

Students of midwifery may find this book useful to them, though the structure of the book can be a little confusing when attempting to find key pieces of information. …

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