Birth Models That Work / Edition 1

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This groundbreaking book takes us around the world in search of successful birth models in order to improve the standard of care for mothers and families everywhere. The contributors describe examples of maternity services from both developing countries and wealthy industrialized democracies that apply the latest scientific evidence to support and facilitate normal physiological birth; deal appropriately with complications; and generate excellent birth outcomes-including psychological satisfaction for the mother. The book concludes with a description of the ideology that underlies all these working models-known internationally as the midwifery model of care.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780520258914
  • Publisher: University of California Press
  • Publication date: 4/6/2009
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 496
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Robbie E. Davis-Floyd is Senior Research Fellow in the Department of Anthropology at University of Texas, Austin, and Fellow of the Society for Applied Anthropology. She is author of Birth as an American Rite of Passage (second edition, UC Press), among other books. Lesley Barclay is Director and Professor at the Centre for Family Health and Midwifery at the University of Technology in Sydney, Australia. Betty-Anne Daviss is a practicing midwife and Adjunct Professor at the Pauline Jewett Institute of Women's Studies at Carleton University. Jan Tritten is founder and editor-in-chief of Midwifery Today magazine.
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Table of Contents

List of Figures and Tables ix

Introduction Robbie Davis-Floyd Lesley Barclay Betty-Anne Daviss Jan Tritten 1

Part 1 Large-Scale Systems: National and Regional Models

1 The Dutch Obstetrical System: Vanguard of the Future in Maternity Care Raymond De Vries Therese A. Wiegers Beatrijs Smulders Edwin van Teijlingen 31

2 The New Zealand Maternity System: A Midwifery Renaissance Chris Hendry 55

3 The Ontario Midwifery Model of Care Margaret E. MacDonald Ivy Lynn Bourgeault 89

4 Samoan Midwives' Stories: Joinining Social and Professional Midwives in New Models of Birth Lesley Barclay Utumuu 119

Part 2 Local Models in Developed Nations: Hospitals and Birth Centers

5 The Albany Midwifery Practice Becky Reed Cathy Walton 141

6 Small Really Is Beautiful: Tales from a Freestanding Birth Center in England Denis Walsh 159

7 Transforming the Culture of a Maternity Service: St George Hospital, Sydney, Australia Pat Brodie Caroline Homer 187

8 Maternity Homes in Japan: Reservoirs of Normal Childbirth Etsuko Matsuoka Fumiko Hinokuma 213

9 The Northern New Mexico Midwifery Center Model, Taos, New Mexico Elizabeth Gilmore 239

Part 3 Local Models in Developing Nations: Traditional Midwives, Professional Midwives, and Obstetricians Working Together

10 Teamwork: An Obsterician, a Midwife, and a Doula in Brazil Ricardo Herbert Jones 271

11 The CASA Hospital and Professional Midwifery School: An Education and Practice Model That Works Lisa Mills Robbie Davis-Floyd 305

12 Mercy in Action: Bringing Mother-and Baby-Friendly Birth Centers to the Philippines Vicki Penwell 337

Part 4 Making Models Work

13 Circles of Community: TheCenteringPregnancy Group Prenatal Care Model Sharon Schindler Rising Rima Jolivet 365

14 Humanizing Childbirth to Reduce Maternal and Neonatal Mortality: A National Effort in Brazil Daphne Rattner Isa Paula Hamouche Abreu Maria Jose de Oliveira Araujo Adson Roberto Franca Santos 385

15 "Orchestrating Normal": The Conduct of Midwifery in the United States Holly Powell Kennedy 415

Conclusion Robbie Davis-Floyed Lesley Barclay Betty-Anne Daviss Jan Tritten 441

Contributors 463

Index 473

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