Midwifery - 3rd Edition - ISBN: 9780729541749, 9780729583350


3rd Edition

Preparation for Practice

Editors: Sally Pairman
Authors: Sally Pairman Jan Pincombe Carol Thorogood Sally Tracy
eBook ISBN: 9780729583350
Paperback ISBN: 9780729541749
Imprint: Churchill Livingstone Australia
Published Date: 1st December 2014
Page Count: 1390

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Perfect for:

  • • Bachelor of Midwifery students
  • • Postgraduate Midwifery students
  • • Practicing Midwives
  • • Combined Nursing degree students.

Midwifery: Preparation for Practice 3e is the definitive midwifery text for Australian and New Zealand midwifery students.

The third edition continues to reinforce the established principles of midwifery philosophy and practice—that of working in partnership with women and midwifery autonomy in practice and from this perspective, presents the midwife as a primary healthcare practitioner.

It carefully examines the very different maternity care systems in Australia and New Zealand, exploring both autonomous and collaborative practice and importantly documents the recent reforms in Australian midwifery practice.

Midwifery: Preparation for Practice 3e places women and their babies safely at the centre of midwifery practice and will guide, inform and inspire midwifery students, recent graduates and experienced midwives alike. 

Key Features

• Key contributors from Australia and New Zealand

• Critical Thinking Exercises and Research Activities

• Midwifery Practice Scenarios

• Reflective Thinking Exercises and Case Studies

• Instructor and Student resources on Evolve, including Test Bank questions, answers to Review Questions and PowerPoint presentations.

Table of Contents

  1. Australian and New Zealand health care and maternity systems
  2. The Australian and New Zealand context
  3. Models of health
  4. Midwifery and maternity in a global context
  5. Risk, fear and safety
  6. Ways of looking at evidence and measurement
  7. The place of birth
  8. Challenges to women’s health
  9. Midwives working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women
  10. Midwives and Maori women: Advancing our relationships
  11. Options for women around fertility and reproduction
  12. Professional frameworks for practice in Australia and New Zealand
  13. Legal frameworks for practice in Australia and New Zealand
  14. Ethical frameworks for practice
  15. Sustaining midwifery practice
  16. Theoretical frameworks for midwifery practice
  17. Working in partnership
  18. Working in collaboration
  19. Promoting physiological birth
  20. The physiology of conception and pregnancy
  21. Nutrition and physical activity foundation for pregnancy, childbirth and lactation
  22. Screening and assessment
  23. Working with women in pregnancy
  24. Physiological changes during labour
  25. Supporting women in labour and birth
  26. Working with pain in labour
  27. Using water for labour and birth
  28. Perineal care and repair
  29. Physiological changes during the postnatal period
  30. Supporting women becoming mothers
  31. Transitions to motherhood
  32. Supporting the newborn infant
  33. Supporting the breastfeeding mother
  34. Completing the midwife-woman partnership
  35. Pharmacology and prescribing
  36. Contraception
  37. Challenges in pregnancy
  38. Disturbances in the rhythm of labour
  39. Interventions in pregnancy labour and birth
  40. Maternal life-threatening emergencies
  41. Complications in the post-natal period for the mother
  42. The compromised neonate
  43. Grief and loss during childbearing


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About the Editor

Sally Pairman

Affiliations and Expertise

Chief Executive, International Confederation of Midwives, The Hague, The Netherlands

About the Author

Sally Pairman

Affiliations and Expertise

Chief Executive, International Confederation of Midwives, The Hague, The Netherlands

Jan Pincombe

Affiliations and Expertise

Professor of Midwifery, Program Director, School of Nursing and Midwifery, University of South Australia, Adelaide

Carol Thorogood

Affiliations and Expertise

Associate Professor Nursing and Midwifery Charles Darwin University

Sally Tracy

Affiliations and Expertise

Professor of Midwifery, Faculty of Medicine and Health, University of Sydney; Conjoint Professor, Faculty of Medicine, University of New South Wales, Sydney, NSW, Australia