Supportive Care and Midwifery / Edition 1

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This book considers the broad range of support given to mothers including social, psychological and clinical. It also looks at the provision of this service and how different models have been set up internationally to fulfill this important function. It brings together the latest research findings, which examine the nature of care that is provided and consider what constitutes effective and efficient support.

This aspect of care is considered a crucial part of the increasing and expanding role of the midwife. The ability of midwives to provide ongoing support throughout childbearing is one of the features of midwifery care which distinguishes it from other care providers. This is a feature which is common to the resurgence of midwifery throughout the world and therefore this text will have international appeal.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"This book provides a great resource throughout which the uses and misuses of research evidence emerge. The book will be valuable to all students and health care professionals and managers involved in maternity services."

Journal of Advanced Nursing

"A goldmine for students...invaluable to managers. This book is as clever and subversive as Marjorie Tew's Safer Childbirth and it should prove to be as influential."

MIDIRS Midwifery Digest

'If support were a drug it would be unethical not to use it.'

(Klaus et al. 1993)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780632054251
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 12/4/2001
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 204
  • Product dimensions: 6.80 (w) x 9.60 (h) x 0.41 (d)

Meet the Author

Rosemary Mander is a Reader at The University of Edinburgh
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Table of Contents

Introduction 1
1 Making sense of support 7
Terminology 7
The nature of support 8
How social support works 11
Issues 13
Support and health 16
2 Systems of health care and maternity care provision 21
Issues in the organisation of health care 21
Issues in the organisation of maternity care 24
Three systems of maternity care 38
3 The provision of support during childbearing 47
Stress in childbearing 47
The effects of support in childbearing 50
Informal carers 61
4 Supportive midwifery care 68
Evaluative methods 68
Evaluative criteria 71
Support in innovative midwifery care 75
Supportive midwifery care at discrete points in the childbearing cycle 81
5 Support in labour 86
Research related issues 87
The research 88
The non-institutional birth environment 111
6 The doula 113
Origins and meanings 113
The doula's characteristics 115
The significance of the doula 129
Implications for other maternity personnel 132
7 Support for the carer 134
Staff support in general 135
Nurses support 137
Burnout 139
Supervision 144
A research project 147
8 Conclusion 162
Analysis of the situation 162
The relevance of the research 163
Comparable scenarios 164
References 171
Index 188
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