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Midwives are moving away from fragmented systems of care toward group practice, a system that encourages the use of their skills and realizes their full potential. The government's Expert Maternity Report not only recognizes the value of continuity of care but formally advocates its use. This book provides midwives and managers with the practical information required to shape organizations to meet this need, encourages midwives to work in partnership with women and their families, and evaluates the success of group practice emphasising the need to respond to change.
British orientation/focuses on relationship between carer & consumer/recognizes continuity of care essential to policy.
Part 1: Background to Change; 1 Team Midwifery - A Personal Experience; 2 Putting Principles into Practice; 3 Developing Scholarship in Practice; 4 The Emancipated Doctor: A New Relationship between Midwife and Obstetrician; 5 Who's Left Holding the Baby? Meeting the Challenge of the Winterton Report; Part 2: Creating Change; 6 Transforming the Organization; 7 Continuity of Carer in Context: What Matters to Women? 8 Team Midwifery; Part 3: Reflection on change; 9 Working in Practice; 10 Teaching in Practice; 11 Seeking Effective Practice: The Work of the Clinical Leader; 12 Being and Becoming the Named Midwife; 13 Evaluating Innovations in the Organization of Midwifery Practice; References; Index