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Advancing Skills in Midwifery Practice

Advancing Skills in Midwifery Practice provides a guide to continuing professional development needs and meeting the latest Post-Registration and Practice (PREP) requirements. Building on Skills for Midwifery Practice by Ruth Johnson and Wendy Taylor, this book follows a similar format already familiar to many midwives. Whilst aimed primarily at registered midwives, the principles and philosophy apply across interprofessional boundaries. Grounded in safe practice and on contemporary evidence, this book also ensures that the health and wellbeing of the mother, baby and family remain at the forefront of care.



  • Student midwives in the latter stages of the pre-registration midwifery education programme
  • Midwives taking post-graduate courses
  • Practising midwives


Published: September 2009

Imprint: Churchill Livingstone

ISBN: 978-0-7020-4262-1


  • 1. Introduction
    2. The midwife’s professional responsibilities in developing competence in new skills
    3. Complementary therapies in midwifery: a focus on moxibustion for breech presentation
    4. Ultrasonography in midwifery practice
    5. Reducing unnecessary caesarean section by external cephalic version
    6. Peripheral intravenous cannulation
    7. Midwives undertaking ventouse births
    8. Forceps-assisted births
    9. Facilitating vaginal breech birth at term
    10. Perineal management and repair
    11. Haemodynamic assessment and monitoring in maternity care
    12. Physiological examination of the neonate
    13. Infant massage
    14. Postnatal physiological examination of the mother
    15. Working in new ways to advance midwifery skills in practice


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