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Birth Territory and Midwifery Guardianship

Theory for Practice, Education and Research

Midwives and other healthcare providers are grappling with the issue of rising intervention rates in childbirth and trying to identify ways to reverse the trend. It is increasingly accepted that intervention in childbirth has long-term consequences for women and their children. Birth Territory provides practical, evidence-based ideas for restructuring the birth territory to facilitate normal birth.

Paperback, 198 Pages

Published: May 2008

Imprint: Books For Midwives

ISBN: 978-0-7506-8870-3


  • Introduction

    Section 1: Theories and Practices

    1 Power and the Social Construction of Birth Territory

    2 Theorising Birth Territory

    3 Midwifery Guardianship: Reclaiming the Sacred in Birth

    4 Territories of the Self and Spiritual Practices During Childbirth

    Section 2: Physiology and the Physical Space

    5 Creating Birth Space to Enable Undisturbed Birth

    6 The Spiritual and Emotional Territory of the Unborn and Newborn Baby

    7 Creating Physical Space

    Part 1 The moving, feeling and dreaming body guides architectural design

    Part 2 Putting the principles into practice

    Section 3: Midwives, Obstetricians and the Maternity Services

    8 Being a midwife to midwifery: transforming midwifery services

    9 Birth Territory: The role of the obstetrician

    10 From Ideal to Real: The interface between Birth Territory and the Maternity Service Organisation



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