Legal Aspects of Midwifery - 3rd Edition - ISBN: 9780750688178, 9780702032462

Legal Aspects of Midwifery

3rd Edition

Author: Bridgit Dimond
eBook ISBN: 9780702032462
Imprint: Books for Midwives
Published Date: 7th February 2006
Page Count: 732

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This title is directed primarily towards health care professionals outside of the United States. The aim of this book is to provide information that a midwife can use with confidence, knowing that the law is there to protect her and her clients. All information and case law has been thoroughly revised and updated and takes into account sensitive areas that midwives may face in practice including female genital mutilation, domestic violence, infertility treatment and issues surrounding the treatment of human tissue.

Key Features

  • Examines numerous new acts including the Human Tissue Act 2004, the Mental Capacity Act 2005, the Female Genital Mutilation Act 2003 and the Domestic Violence, Crime and Victims Act 2004
  • Includes the New Midwives Rules, standards for LSAs and guidance by NMC and the new Fitness to Practice rules
  • Includes the revised and renamed NMC Code of professional conduct

Table of Contents

Table of Cases
Table of Statutes

1. The legal system
Section A Professional Issues
2. Midwifery: Professional regulation
3. Midwifery supervision
4. Professional accountability and the NMC
5. The Midwives Rules and Code of Practice, the Code of Professional Conduct and The Scope of Professional Practice

Section B Client Rights
6. Woman-centred care
7. Consent
8. The duty to inform
9. Letting die and euthanasia
10. Confidentiality and access to records
11. Complaints
12. Teenage Pregnancies

Section C Litigation and Accountability
13. Negligence
14. Specific situations in negligence and civil court procedure
15. Record keeping, statements and report writing
16. Family planning and sterilisation
17. The status and rights of the unborn
18. Criminal liability
19. Health and safety
20. Medication

Section D Management Issues
21. The structure of the NHS and the provision of hospital, community and primary care services
22. Employment law
23. The independent midwife and private maternity hospitals
24. Midwifery management

Section E Statutory Provisions and Childbirth
25. Criminal law and confinements
26. Termination of pregnancy
27. Legal issues relating to fertilisation, embryology and genetics
28. Vaccine damage payments
29. Infectious diseases and the midwife

Section F Specific Situations
30. Midwife teachers, clinical instructors, preceptors and mentors
31. Midwifery research
32. Child Protection
33. Mental disorder and mental incapacity
34. Complementary therapies

1. Schedule 1 to the Human Rights Act 1998
2. Congenital Disabilities (Civil Liability) Act 1976
Recommended Further Reading
Websites addresses


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About the Author

Bridgit Dimond

Affiliations and Expertise

Barrister-at-Law, Emeritus Professor of the University of Glamorgan