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Preparation for Practice

Midwifery Preparation for Practice 2e is the only text which reflects the historical and socio - political environment in which midwives in Australia and New Zealand practice. In addition, it is the only text which incorporates the philosophy and standards endorsed by New Zealand and Australian Colleges of Midwives while also focusing on the partnership between midwives with women and the woman- centred model of midwifery care.

The second edition has built on the existing philosophy and structure of Midwifery: Preparation for Practice, though with a greater emphasis on the development of critical thinking and researching skills. Key chapters have been re-written to reflect recent changes in government legislation while current research and pertinent examples are included throughout the text.

This new edition is supported by a comprehensive suite of resources for both Instructors and Students using the Evolve website as a platform. These ancillaries will re-enforce the critical thinking elements for students with interactive case studies and scenario based learning exercises as well as the multiple choice questions.

Undergraduate or post-graduate midwifery students

Paperback, 976 Pages

Published: September 2010

Imprint: Churchill Livingstone

ISBN: 978-0-7295-3928-9


  • Part A: Partners

    Section One: Context

    Chapter 1 Australian and New Zealand health and maternity services

    Karen Guilliland, Sally Tracy and Carol Thorogood

    Chapter 2 The Australian and New Zealand context

    Jill White

    Chapter 3 Understanding world views of midwifery

    Karen Lane

    Chapter 4 Risk and safety

    Joan Skinner

    Chapter 5 Ways of looking at evidence and measurement

    Sally Tracy

    Chapter 6 Place of birth

    Maralyn Foureur and Marion Hunter

    Section Two: The woman

    Chapter 7 Challenges to women’s health

    Carol Thorogood

    Chapter 8  Working with Māori women: challenges for midwives

    Hope Tupara

    Chapter 9  Midwives working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women

    Sue Kildea, Sue Kruske and Juanita Sherwood

    Chapter 10 Options for women around fertility and reproduction

    Sally K Tracy

    Chapter 11 Transitions

    Jan Pincombe, Trudy Hart and Tracy Reibel

    Section Three: The midwife

    Chapter 12 Professional frameworks for practice in Australia and New Zealand

    Sally Pairman and Roslyn Donnellan-Fernandez

    Chapter 13 Legal frameworks for practice in Australia and New Zealand

    Helen Newnham and Carla Humphrey

    Chapter 14 Ethical frameworks for practice

    Lynley Anderson and Bronwen Pelvin

    Chapter 15 Life skills for midwifery practice

    Bronwen Pelvin


    Part B: Practice

    Section One: Partnership

    Chapter 16 Theoretical frameworks for midwifery practice

    Sally Pairman and Judith McAra-Couper

    Chapter 17 Working in partnership

    Nicky Leap and Sally Pairman

    Chapter 18 Working in collaboration

    Suzanne Miller and Sally K Tracy

    Chapter 19 Promoting physiological birth

    Nicky Leap

    Section Two: Autonomous practice

    Chapter 20 The physiology of conception and pregnancy

    Sally Baddock

    Chapter 21 Nutritional foundation for pregnancy, childbirth and lactation

    Sandra L Elias and Megan Gibbons

    Chapter 22 Working with women in pregnancy

    Celia Grigg

    Chapter 23 Physiological changes during labour

    Sally Baddock

    Chapter 24 Supporting women in labour and birth

    Juliet Thorpe and Jacqui Anderson

    Chapter 25 Working with pain in labour

    Nicky Leap and Stephanie Vague

    Chapter 26 Using water for labour and birth

    Robyn Maude and Shea Caplice

    Chapter 27 Perineal care and repair

    Hannah Dahlen

    Chapter 28 Physiological changes during the postnatal period

    Sally Baddock

    Chapter 29 Supporting women becoming mothers

    Lesley Dixon

    Chapter 30 Supporting the newborn infant

    Jackie Gunn

    Chapter 31 Supporting the breastfeeding mother

    Ann Henderson

    Chapter 32 Pharmacology and prescribing

    Marion Hunter and Jackie Gunn

    Chapter 33 Completing the midwife-woman partnership

    Rhondda Davies

    Chapter 34 Contraception

    Helen Calabretto

    Section Three: Collaborative practice

    Chapter 35 Screening and assessment

    Sally K Tracy

    Chapter 36 Challenges in pregnancy

    Carol Thorogood and Catherine Donaldson

    Chapter 37 Disturbances in the rhythm of labour

    Carol Thorogood and Catherine Donaldson

    Chapter 38 Interventions in pregnancy, labour and birth

    Sally K Tracy

    Chapter 39 Life-threatening emergencies

    Carol Thorogood

    Chapter 40 Complications in the postnatal period

    Jenny Gamble and Debra Creedy

    Chapter 41 Complications of the newborn

    Monnia Volpi-Wise and Namisha Waller

    Chapter 42 Grief and loss during childbearing-the death of a baby

    Alison Stewart and Rhondda Davies


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