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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Nancy E. Moss, PhD, RN, MSN (University of Cincinnati School of Nursing)
Description: This book is a comprehensive documentation of midwifery and childbirth in America. It presents a complete compendium of relevant historical information with some new primary research and includes the social and historical developmental aspects of medicine and midwifery.
Purpose: The book's purpose is to help address the misunderstanding and ignorance about midwifery and the kind of care needed by pregnant women. The book provides a great service and fills an extensive need for accurate information about midwifery and women's health care.
Audience: The book was appropriately written for midwives, midwifery and medical students, and obstetrical/gynecological and family physicians needing an accurate understanding of midwifery and the issues affecting the health and health care of pregnant women in the United States. The author's extensive background in public health as an epidemiologist, along with her education as a nurse-midwife and ongoing commitment/involvement with the American College of Nurse-Midwives, gives her credible authority on her subject matter.
Features: There is an extensive, pertinent reference section.
Assessment: This book is a comprehensive presentation and documentation of midwifery and childbirth in America. It is of exceptional value in today's changing health care environment for the clarification of the needs of women and the appropriate incorporation of midwifery in the health care of women.