Birth Territory and Midwifery Guardianship: Theory for Practice, Education and Research

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Midwives and other healthcare providers are grappling with the issue of rising intervention rates in childbirth and trying to identify ways to reverse the trend. It is increasingly accepted that intervention in childbirth has long-term consequences for women and their children. Birth Territory provides practical, evidence-based ideas for restructuring the birth territory to facilitate normal birth.
  • Links new research findings to birth environments and outcomes.
  • Describes the elements of an ideal birthing environment.
  • Suggests how to modify existing maternity services to achieve optimal results.
  • Investigates the links between the experiences of women and babies, and outcomes.
  • Explores the effects of legal and socio-political factors.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780750688703
  • Publisher: Elsevier Health Sciences
  • Publication date: 7/28/2008
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 198
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 9.50 (h) x 0.40 (d)

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Table of Contents

1 Power and the social construction of birth territory Kathleen Fahy Fahy, Kathleen 3

2 Theorising birth territory Kathleen Fahy Fahy, Kathleen 11

3 Midwifery guardianship: Reclaiming the sacred in birth Kathleen Fahy Fahy, Kathleen Caralyn Hastie Hastie, Caralyn 21

4 Territories of the self and spiritual practices during childbirth Jennifer A. Parrot Parrot, Jennifer A. 39

5 Creating birth space to enable undisturbed birth Maralyn Foureur Foureur, Maralyn 57

6 The spiritual and emotional territory of the unborn and newborn baby Caralyn Hastie Hastie, Caralyn 79

7 Mindbodyspirit architecture: Creating birth space Bianca Lepori Lepori, Bianca Maralyn Foureur Foureur, Maralyn Carolyn Hastie Hastie, Carolyn 95

Pt. 1 The moving, feeling and dreaming body guides architectural design Bianca Lepori Lepori, Bianca

Pt. 2 Putting the principles into practice Maralyn Foureur Foureur, Maralyn Carolyn Hastie Hastie, Carolyn

8 Being a midwife to midwifery: Transforming midwifery services Lesley Page Page, Lesley 115

9 Birth territory: The besieged territory of the obstetrician Michel Odent Odent, Michel 131

10 From ideal to real: The interface between birth territory and the maternity service organization Pat Brodie Brodie, Pat Nicky Leap Leap, Nicky 149

Glossary 171

Index 175

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