Best Practices in Midwifery: Using the Evidence to Implement Change [NOOK Book]


"This book is one of those turning points that will make an enormous difference."

Judith P. Rooks, CNM, MS, MPH

Author of Midwifery and Childbirth in America

"This book provides a well-rounded examination of the issues we face in using evidence to inform our everyday...

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"This book is one of those turning points that will make an enormous difference."

Judith P. Rooks, CNM, MS, MPH

Author of Midwifery and Childbirth in America

"This book provides a well-rounded examination of the issues we face in using evidence to inform our everyday clinical decisions...The authors have gathered current evidence and created practice scenarios to help the reader visualize EBP in action."

From the Foreword by Holly Powell Kennedy, CNM, PhD, FACNM, FAAN

President, American College of Nurse Midwives

Helen Varney Professor of Midwifery

Yale University School of Nursing

Nurse-midwives often find themselves in situations where current research-based treatment conflicts with established practices that may be ineffective or even harmful. This text provides a roadmap for nurse-midwives who strive to implement change through evidence-based practice by presenting the most current evidence-based research on the care of childbearing women. It is the only book about evidence-based practice for nurse-midwives that encompasses the most controversial areas of practice. The text incorporates the foundations of midwifery and the midwifery model of care throughout.

The book discusses the use of electronic databases in examining evidence and identifying best practices. It considers how the current workforce environment affects the practice of nurse-midwifery, and describes evidence-based practices in the care of childbearing women. Each chapter reviews current literature, describes contemporary practices and explores whether these practices are based on scientific evidence. Case studies enhance the examination of evidence and the identification of best practices.

Key Features:

  • Focuses on scientific evidence as the framework for the practice of nurse-midwifery
  • Incorporates the hallmarks of midwifery and the midwifery model of care
  • Examines practices that are in conflict with scientific evidence
  • Provides guidance for practicing nurse-midwives in implementing best practices based upon scientific evidence
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780826108869
  • Publisher: Springer Publishing Company, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 8/24/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Barbara A. Anderson, DrPH, CNM, FACNM, FAAN, is the Director of the post-master's Doctor of Nursing Practice program (DNP) at Frontier Nursing University, Hyden, Kentucky. She is co-editor of Caring for the Vulnerable: Perspectives in Nursing Theory, Research, and Practice (2008 & 2012) and was awarded the American College of Nurse Midwives Book of the Year Award for Reproductive Health: Women and Men's Shared Responsibility (2005). Dr. Anderson has served on the editorial board of the Journal of Midwifery and Women's Health and currently serves as a journal referee for Medical Anthropology Quarterly and Social Science and Medicine. She has served as chair of the Population, Reproductive and Sexual Health section of the American Public Health Association. Dr. Anderson led an urban initiative in California that won The Safe Motherhood Initiative-USA Model Program award. As a program consultant in Africa, Asia and Latin America, she has prepared nurses, midwives and physicians in public health and the midwifery model of care.

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Table of Contents




List of Contributors

Section I. Evidence-based Maternity Care: The External Environment

Chapter 1 Evaluating and Using the Evidence

Chapter 2 The Evidence for Providing the Nurse-Midwifery Workforce

Section II. Evidence-based Best Practices in the Care of the Childbearing Woman

Chapter 3 Centering Pregnancy: An Evidence-Based Model of Prenatal Care

Chapter 4 Therapeutic Presence and Continuous Labor Support: Hallmarks of Nurse-Midwifery

Chapter 5 Home Birth: Evidence and Controversy

Chapter 6 Birth Centers: The Midwifery Model of Care (TK)

Chapter 7 Evidence-Based Practices to Promote, Support and Protect Breastfeeding

Chapter 8 Mental Health during Childbearing: The Evidence for the Midwifery Model of Care

Section III. The Intrapartal Period: The Conflict of Evidence and Practice

Chapter 9 Management of Pre-Labor Rupture of Membranes at Term: Using the Evidence

Chapter 10 Tethering during Labor: The Effect of Current Practices on the Normalcy of Labor

Chapter 11 Un-tethering in Labor: Using the Evidence for Best Practice

Chapter 12 The Limits of Choice: Elective Induction and Cesarean Delivery on Maternal Request

Chapter 13 Vaginal Birth after Cesarean: Emotion and Reason

Chapter 14 The Second Stage of Labor: Using the Evidence to Protect Normal Birth

Chapter 15 Postpartum Hemorrhage: Best Practices in Management

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