The New Midwifery - 2nd Edition - ISBN: 9780443100024, 9780702035067

The New Midwifery

2nd Edition

Science and Sensitivity in Practice

Authors: Lesley Ann Page Rona McCandlish
Print ISBN: 9780443100024
eBook ISBN: 9780702035067
Imprint: Churchill Livingstone
Published Date: 6th October 2006


Practicing as a midwife today requires not only good clinical skills but also a broad understanding of the social and emotional changes a woman experiences before and after birth. This book combines scientific knowledge with the more intangible skills needed for sensitive communication to provide the best possible care to the mother and her family. The second edition of this celebrated text vividly explores the various skills and approaches that lead to successful midwifery practice and uses care stories to bring these to life.

Key Features

  • Provides a refreshingly new approach to key areas of midwifery practice in a way that brings practice to life.
  • Illustrates and supports the fundamental changes currently taking place in midwifery around the world.
  • Builds on the most up-to-date, evidence-based research to suggest guidelines for best practices.
  • Explores the impact of parenthood and offers strategies for effectively supporting individuals during this period of transition.

Table of Contents


Section 1: Transition to Parenting and Relationships in Practice – Working with Women

1. What Women Want from Care Around the Time of Birth

2. First Relationships and the Growth of Love and Commitment

3. Becoming a Parent

4. Midwifery Partnership: Working ‘With’ Women

5. The Politics of Involving Women in Decision Making

6. Supporting Midwives to Support Women

7. Working with Women: Developing Continuity of Care in Practice

8. The Birth of Twins: A Reflection on Practice

Section 2: Putting Science into Practice

9. Evidence-Based Care and Twins

10. Evidence-Based Midwifery: Finding, Appraising and Applying Evidence in Practice

11. Risk: Theoretical or Actual?

12. Why Do Research?

13. Jenna’s Care Story: Post-Term Pregnancy

Section 3: Promoting Healthy Birth, Using Midwifery Skills and the Organisation of Practice

14. A Public Health View of Maternity Services

15. Reducing Inequalities in Childbirth: The Midwife’s Role in Public Health

16. Keeping Birth Normal

17. Being with Jane in Childbirth: Putting Science and Sensitivity into Practice



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About the Author

Lesley Ann Page

Affiliations and Expertise

Joint Head of Midwifery and Nursing Women's Services, Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust, London, UK; Visiting Professor of Midwifery, Nightingale School of Nursing and Midwifery, King's College London, London, UK; Adjunct Professor in the Faculty of Nursing, Midwifery and Health, University of Technology, Sydney, Australia

Rona McCandlish

Affiliations and Expertise

Wellcome Trust Training Fellow in Clinical Epidemiology, National Perinatal Epidemiology Unit, University of Oxford, UK