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The Student's Guide to Becoming a Midwife, 2nd Edition

The Student's Guide to Becoming a Midwife, 2nd Edition

Ian Peate (Editor) , Cathy Hamilton (Editor)

ISBN: 978-1-118-41093-6

Jan 2014, Wiley-Blackwell

400 pages

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The Student’s Guide to Becoming a Midwife is essential reading for all student midwives.

Now updated to include the latest 2012 NMC Midwifery Rules and Standards and a brand new chapter on the midwife and public health, this comprehensive resource provides a wide range of need-to-know information for student midwives, including:

  • Effective communication and documentation
  • Confidentiality
  • Interdisciplinary working
  • The fundamentals of antenatal, intrapartum, and postnatal care
  • Assessment and examination of the new-born baby
  • Medicines
  • Public health
  • Clinical decision-making
  • Evidence-based practice

With case studies, words of wisdom from current midwives and a range of activities and self-test questions throughout – making it easy to learn and understand key concepts – The Student’s Guide to Becoming a Midwife is the ideal companion for students throughout their course.

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contributors iv

Preface to the Second Edition vii

Acknowledgements ix

Introduction 1

1 Effective Communication 8

2 Effective Documentation 26

3 Confidentiality 41

4 The Aims of Antenatal Care 57

5 Programmes of Care During Childbirth 72

6 Interprofessional Working: Seamless Working within Maternity Care 88

7 Intrapartum Care 102

8 Effective Emergency Care 131

9 Initial Assessment and Examination of the Newborn Baby 156

10 Effective Postnatal Care 172

11 Medication and the Midwife 198

12 The Midwife and Public Health 214

13 Regulating the Midwifery Profession 230

14 The Impact of Cultural Issues on the Practice of Midwifery 249

15 Legislation and the Midwife 261

16 Decision Making 277

17 Health, Safety and Environmental Issues 293

18 Evidence-Based Practice 312

19 Statutory Supervision of Midwives 329

20 Clinical Governance: A Framework for Improving Quality in Maternity Care 345

Answers to Quiz Questions 365

Glossary 374

Index 381

  • Uses the new NMC Standards for Pre-Registration Midwifery Education (2012) as its framework
  • Enhanced use of student-friendly pedagogy including self-testing, extensive case studies, review questions, top tips, glossary etc
  • A new chapter focusing on Public Health and the Role of the Midwife
  • Change in format and design- with a more spacious text design, with added colour

“Overall, The Student’s Guide to Becoming a Midwifeis an excellent all-round book to accompany any midwifery student throughout their training. . . I would recommend it to students in direct entry and shortened programmes of study as well as any practitioners returning to practice or wishing to update their study skills.”  (British Journal of Midwifery, 1 April 2014)

  • A student-friendly, authoritative introduction to the field of midwifery practice
  • Incorporates the newly revised and updated NMC Standards for Pre-Registration Midwifery Education
  • The essential skills clusters are interlinked within each of the chapters where appropriate
  • Fully revised and updated edition with enhanced student-friendliness and pedagogy
  • Includes a brand new topical chapter on Public Health and the role of the midwife
  • The only text of its type that describes in detail the standards of education required to achieve NMC standards of competence as demanded by the NMC