The Student s Guide to Becoming a Midwife is essential reading for all student midwives. Now updated to include the latest 2012 NMC Midwifery Rules and Standards and a brand new chapter on the midwife and public health, this comprehensive resource provides a wide range of need-to-know information for student midwives, including: * Effective communication and documentation * Confidentiality * Interdisciplinary working * The fundamentals of antenatal, intrapartum, and postnatal care * Assessment and examination of the new-born baby * Medicines * Public health * Clinical decision-making * Evidence-based practice With case studies, words of wisdom from current midwives and a range of activities and self-test questions throughout making it easy to learn and understand key concepts The Student s Guide to Becoming a Midwife is the ideal companion for students throughout their course.
Ian Peate is Visiting Professor University of West London, London, UK, and Editor in Chief of the British Journal of Nursing. Cathy Hamilton is a Midwifery Lecturer at the University of Hertfordshire, Hertfordshire, UK, and a Supervisor of Midwives.
contributors iv Preface to the Second Edition vii Acknowledgements ix Introduction 1 1 Effective Communication 8 2 Effective Documentation 26 3 Confidentiality 41 4 The Aims of Antenatal Care 57 5 Programmes of Care During Childbirth 72 6 Interprofessional Working: Seamless Working within Maternity Care 88 7 Intrapartum Care 102 8 Effective Emergency Care 131 9 Initial Assessment and Examination of the Newborn Baby 156 10 Effective Postnatal Care 172 11 Medication and the Midwife 198 12 The Midwife and Public Health 214 13 Regulating the Midwifery Profession 230 14 The Impact of Cultural Issues on the Practice of Midwifery 249 15 Legislation and the Midwife 261 16 Decision Making 277 17 Health, Safety and Environmental Issues 293 18 Evidence-Based Practice 312 19 Statutory Supervision of Midwives 329 20 Clinical Governance: A Framework for Improving Quality in Maternity Care 345 Answers to Quiz Questions 365 Glossary 374 Index 381