Decision-Making in Midwifery Practice - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780443073847, 9780702039768

Decision-Making in Midwifery Practice

1st Edition

Authors: Maureen Raynor Jayne Marshall Amanda Sullivan
Paperback ISBN: 9780443073847
eBook ISBN: 9780702039768
Imprint: Churchill Livingstone
Published Date: 1st April 2005
Page Count: 208

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The book looks at a broad perspective of decision making and each chapter focuses on a specific aspect related to making crucial decisions. Following an initial introduction the book explores the concept of autonomy and the many factors that influence autonomous practise. The role of knowledge in decision making, using evidence to inform decisions, as well as different approaches to decision making are also examined - including the traditional or rational approach, decision analysis and the development of professional judgement. Dilemmas arise when decisions are made and therefore ethical decision making is an important component of this book. Management decisions may be different from those related to giving specific care to women, hence one chapter focuses on making management decisions. Emphasis is also placed on the role of the midwife in helping women make their own decisions, the role of reflection in enhancing the decisions midwives make and the support midwives can receive from their Supervisor of Midwives. Flowcharts explain and facilitate the decision-making process.

Key Features

  • A very practical approach to decision-making in midwifery, with contributions from midwives who have considerable experience in this area
  • Provides guidelines on how to achieve successful autonomous midwifery practice, enabling theory to be effectively applied to practice
  • Includes coverage of management roles and decision-making as well as clinical scenarios, offering frameworks and flowcharts to guide the inexperienced
  • Suggests different approaches to making difficult decisions

Table of Contents




Introduction - Maureen D Raynor and Rosalind Bluff

1. Autonomy and the Midwife - Jayne E Marshall

2. The Role of Knowledge in Midwifery Decision Making - Jeanne Siddiqui

3. Using the Evidence to Inform Decisions - Elizabeth R Cluett

4 . Models of Decision Making - Heid Mok and Peggy A Stevens

5. Processes and Challenges in Clinical Decision Making - Marianne Mead

6. Developing Clinical Judgements - Dr Sally Marchant

7. Making Ethical Decisions - Professor Shirley R Jones

8. Making Management Decisions - Vicky Tinsley

9. Helping Women to Make their Own Decisions - Pauline Cooke

10. The Reflective Practitioner - Kathleen P Nakielski

11. Supporting Decision Making through Supervision - Jean M Duerden

12. Skilled Decision making: the blood supply of midwifery practice - Amanda Sullivan




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About the Authors

Maureen Raynor

Affiliations and Expertise

Senior Lecturer (Midwifery), De Montfort University, Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Leicester, UK

Jayne Marshall

Affiliations and Expertise

Foundation Professor of Midwifery and NMC Lead Midwife for Education, School of Allied Health Professions, College of Life Sciences, George Davies Centre, University of Leicester, UK

Amanda Sullivan

Affiliations and Expertise

Consultant Midwife, Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust, Nottingham, UK