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From The CriticsReviewer: Robin Webb Corbett, PhD, RN C(East Carolina University)
Description: This is a step-by-step guide for midwives and other practitioners of the physical examination of newborn infants within the first 48 hours of life. Covered are the clinical examination and identification of common congenital anomalies with black and white illustrations. Of interest is the inclusion of fetal development, parents' concerns and how to respond to them, and professional and legal frameworks of newborn assessment.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide a comprehensive text guiding the clinical examination of the newborn for midwives and other practitioners. The emphasis is on a family centered approach and normal and common congenital variations.
Audience: Primarily written for midwives, neonatal nurses, and other practitioners performing newborn assessments by a midwife and pediatrician practicing and teaching in the U.K., this integrated approach is a worthy endeavor.
Features: The book covers the clinical examination and identification of common congenital anomalies with black-and-white illustrations. Particular strengths include its inclusion of fetal development, fetal risks during the intrapartal period, parents' concerns and how to respond to them, and professional and legal frameworks, from a U.K. perspective, of newborn assessment. Useful addresses in the U.K. are also included. It is recommended that this resource be expanded to include web resources and resources beyond the U.K. Other recommendations include the expansion of the depth of content, inclusion of color plates for normal and abnormal variations, increased illustrations, glossary of terms and expansion of legal and professional content beyond U.K. practice. These revisions would broaden the text's audience and use beyond the U.K.
Assessment: The holistic approach and midwife and pediatrician collaboration are worthwhile endeavors particularly with a growing practicing population of nurse midwives, neonatal nurse practitioners, and neonatal nurses.