Academic journal article Perspectives in Public Health

Essential Midwifery Practice: Public Health

Academic journal article Perspectives in Public Health

Essential Midwifery Practice: Public Health

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Essential Midwifery Practice: Public Health Edited by Grace Edwards and Sheena Byrom. Published by Blackwell Publishing, Oxford, 2007. Paperback 256pp. ISBN 978 1 4051 4441 4. Price ?25.99.

'Midwives have always been public health practitioners, as defined by the activities in which they are involved' (p. 8). This statement reflects the core principle of this much-needed book, which provides a good Introduction to public health problems and their relevance to midwifery practice. The chapters are structured to provide information on current public health issues and on the policy documents relevant to each of the topics covered. There are 'key implications' sections at the end of each chapter to help reflect on how to operationalize a social model of care.

Common themes throughout the chapters are awareness raising, information seeking and not being judgemental about a woman's social circumstance. While the section highlighting relevant public health policy is Informative, policy documents go out of date very quickiy, as is evidenced by the advice in Chapter 6 on drinking alcohol. 'Pregnant women should be advised to keep to the guidelines of no more than one or two units twice a week' (p. …

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