Midwifery Essentials: Basics

Volume 1


  • Helen Baston, BA(Hons), MMedSci, PhD, PGDipEd, ADM, RN, RM, Lead Midwife for Education; Supervisor of Midwives, Mother & Infant Research Unit, Department of Health Sciences, University of York, York, UK
  • Jennifer Hall, MSc, ADM, PGDip(HE), RN, RM, Senior Lecturer in Midwifery, Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, University of the West of England, Bristol, UK; Clinical Editor, The Practising Midwife
  • Alys Einion, BSc(Hons), MA, MAPD, DipHE, PGCE, RN, RM, Senior Lecturer in Midwifery, School of Maternal and Child Health, Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, University of the West of England, Bristol, UK

Basics is the first title in the Midwifery Essentials series and prepares the reader to understand and master a range of clinical skills safely and with confidence.

The jigsaw model of midwifery care is introduced and explained, providing a framework to explore the application of each of the clinical skills described in subsequent chapters. Central to undertaking each of the skills discussed is the need to communicate effectively with women and their families.

  • Effective communication for each clinical skill
  • Principles of infection control and hygiene
  • Essential observations of blood pressure, temperature and pulse
  • Collection of specimens and blood from woman and baby, urinalysis, and venepuncture
  • Principles of medicines management and injection technique
  • Fundamentals of surgical care.

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Student and practising midwives; labour ward personnel; nurses undertaking midwifery training.


Book information

  • Published: September 2009
  • ISBN: 978-0-7020-4254-6

Table of Contents

Basics Volume:

1. Introduction

2. Communication

3. Hygiene and infection control: the immobile woman

4. Blood pressure measurement

5. Temperature measurement

6. Pulse and respiration

7. Collection of specimens

8. Urinalysis

9. Venepuncture

10. Neonatal blood tests

11. Administration of medicines

12. Administration of injections

13. Surgical care