Mothers and Midwives - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780750687768

Mothers and Midwives

1st Edition

The Ethical Journey

Authors: Faye Thompson
Paperback ISBN: 9780750687768
Imprint: Books for Midwives
Published Date: 7th November 2003
Page Count: 196


This U.K. book is written by Faye Thompson, who has thirty years experience as a midwife and educator. She studied philosophy and the humanities as an undergraduate in Australia, and now lectures on health care ethics. As a feminist, she seeks to reunite morality and personal interest so that the woman is not subordinated in women's health and childbirth practices.

From this experience, she offers a framework of ethics specific to midwifery and derived from midwifery practice that takes ethical discourse beyond current literature, proposing strategies for ethical practice based on findings arising out of the profession itself.

Table of Contents

Glossary of terms and context of analysis
Glossary of terms
Context of the analysis

CHAPTER 1: The need for a midwifery ethic of practice

The metaphor
Looking for the pool of ethics: a personal journey
Ways of seeing: ways of acting

The social construction of our world
The nature of 'practice'

CHAPTER 2: On the sealed highway - mainstream ethics, medicalisation and midwifery

The nature of midwifery practice
The influence of moral philosophy, and nursing ethics

Moral philosophy and mainstream ethical frameworks available to midwives
Why midwives would be turning to mainstream ethical frameworks

CHAPTER 3: The false trail - a critique of bioethics and the problem-solving approach for midwifery ethics

Bioethics - its development and critics (the pool of ethics)

Casuistry and context
Quandary or dilemma-based ethics
A critique of the normative, dilemmic/problem-solving approach of bioethics for midwifery
When the situation is stripped of context
When the subject is depersonalised
The abstract nature of principles
What is ethically 'good'?
Prior ethical practice , character, virtues and relationships

CHAPTER 4: Midwifery's detour through nursing ethics - a critique of professional codes and influences that shape the midwifery ethics discourse

Traditions of a professional practice, institutionalisation, and application of a code
a critique of ethical codes

Perceived strengths of codes
Perceived weaknesses of codes
How ethical discourse in midwifery is shaped
Educational curricula and their ethical orientation
The workplace setting and institutional influence
Text books, journals and conference presenta


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About the Author

Faye Thompson

Affiliations and Expertise

Lecturer, Applied Ethics Research Concentration, School of Humanities and Human Services, Carseldine Campus, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia; Nurse Researcher, Mater Mothers Hospital, South Brisbane, Australia