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Covering completely new topics areas, including the effects of emotional labour, poverty and health policy, the new edition of this ground-breaking text brings together classic and current research to establish key tenets for maternity care within hospital and home. It remains the definitive guide to the complex area of midwife-mother relations.
Midwives are women who assist other women during the birthing process. The relationship between midwives and their clients is an important aspect of the midwifery model of care. In this dissertation, a measure of the midwife-mother relationship (MMRQ) was created based on an analysis of interviews with midwives and a focus group with mothers. Study 1 was a qualitative analysis of the interviews and the responses from a focus group. Central to the emerging theory derived from the qualitative analysis of the data is a connection similar to the therapeutic relationship discussed in the psychology literature. The main theme, Connecting on a Therapeutic Level was comprised of three super-constructs: Psychological Elements, Midwifery, and the Midwife. It is through these three super-constructs that the connection on a therapeutic level was created. In addition, this therapeutic connection occurred in the context of two variables: Obstetrical Knowledge and Political Environment. Items on the MMRQ were derived from the constructs revealed in Study 1. In Study 2, the MMRQ was administered to 90 women across Canada who had given birth in the last year with the assistance of a midwife. A principal component analysis of these data revealed five factors for the MMRQ, specifically the Quality of the Emotional Bond, Personal Growth and Development, Experiential Understanding, Personal Acceptance and Understanding, and Personal Respect and Empowerment. Preliminary psychometric data for the MMRQ were provided and the need for further research was identified. The development of a psychometrically sound measure of the midwife-mother relationship will be helpful to study quantitatively those aspects of maternal care and psychological well-being related to the shared relationship between midwives and mothers.
Presenting a succinct review of key issues within midwifery, this text is a practical reference resource that will be of use to midwives operating at all levels.
This book offers an overview of the emotional care given by midwives to women based on the literature reviews and research undertaken by Sue Barker. Its chapters are mostly based around the questions she asked herself when exploring the area: What is motherhood? Who supports women at this time? What is emotional care? What are the experiences of midwives offering emotional care? What is emotion work? How does emotional care help women? She considers a wide range of literature sources to understand what is happening for the midwives and the women. Given the extensive use of referenced work the book should be useful for those thinking of undertaking a midwifery programme or those already engaged on any health care programmes. This book, though, is written with an easily accessible language so should be a useful source for voluntary groups and women on their journey to motherhood. Midwifery care and motherhood are influenced by the culture within which they are experienced. This book has therefore considered the cultural hegemony and the differing ideologies within midwifery. The research was undertaken in the UK where most women receive midwifery care through the NHS therefore the midwives interviewed were all employed by the state. This may well have influenced their expectations and the women’s expectations of them. It may be that independent midwives would not have experienced some of the dilemmas faced by these midwives. Despite this the view of midwifery professional bodies, government guidance and research all support a ‘with woman’ approach to giving emotional support. This book offers a detailed description of how emotional support as part of emotional care is given by midwives in their attempts to reduce or ameliorate emotional distress and provide comfort.
This accessible, evidence-based book explores how important it is for midwives to understand the psychological aspects of care, in order to create positive experiences for mothers and families.
Environmental awareness and sustainability are vitally important concepts in the twenty first century and, as a low environmental impact healthcare profession, midwifery has the potential to stand as a model of excellence. This innovative volume promotes a sustainable approach to midwifery practice, philosophy, business administration and resource management. Drawing on an interdisciplinary body of knowledge, this international collection of experts explores the challenges, inviting readers to critically reflect on the issues and consider how they could move to effect changes within their own working environments. Divided into three parts, the book discusses: The politics of midwifery and sustainability Midwifery as a sustainable healthcare practice Supporting an ecological approach to parenting. Sustainability, Midwifery and Birth identifies existing models of sustainable midwifery practice, such as the continuity of care model, and highlights the potential for midwifery as a role model for ecologically sound health care provision. This unique book is a vital read for all midwives and midwifery students interested in sustainable practice. Contributors include: Sally Baddock, Carol Bartle, Ruth Deery, Nadine Pilley Edwards, Ina May Gaskin, Megan Gibbons, Carolyn Hastie, Mary Kensington, Mavis Kirkham, Nicky Leap, Ruth Martis, Zoë Meleo-Erwin, Jenny Meyer, Jo Murphy-Lawless, Mary Nolan, Sally Pairman and Sally Tracy.

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