Description: This book discusses midwifery care as it occurs in the real world with an emphasis on support for the mother. Chapters begin with an introduction, moving on to statistical information, followed by the role of the nurse midwife. Important content is presented in a bulleted format and clinically appropriate algorithms are used, i.e., for neonatal life support.
Purpose: The purpose is to "provide students and practicing midwives with a good working knowledge of midwifery care in the real world." This book is grounded in nurse midwifery practice in the U.K., but much of it is clinically appropriate for any international healthcare providers working with laboring families. The book proposes to provide research-based clinical practice knowledge, and it does so.
Audience: Practicing nurse midwives and students of the discipline are the intended audience. With one exception, all of the authors are practicing midwives or midwifery educators.
Features: This book explores best practices in the delivery of nurse midwifery care. National U.K. guidelines are presented and critically reviewed. While discussing information specific to home birth, assisted birth, neonatal and maternal resuscitation, stillbirth and neonatal death, etc., the book emphasizes the importance of providing woman-centered care. A limitation is the translation of some terminology to clinical environments outside of the U.K. For example, I was unfamiliar with the term, "ventouse," as an assisted birth technique referring to a suction delivery.
Assessment: This is a clearly written clinical book for nurse midwives and nurse midwifery students with appropriate illustrations, tables, and charts. Each chapter includes statistical support, with well documented best practice clinical strategies. This book continues to be a primary work for clinical nurse midwives. Updating the strategies based upon best evidence and national guidelines strengthens the clinical relevance of this book.