2nd Edition

Becoming a Midwife

Edited By Rosemary Mander, Valerie Fleming Copyright 2014
    206 Pages
    by Routledge

    206 Pages
    by Routledge

    What is the reality of being a midwife in the twenty-first century? What is it like to help and support women throughout pregnancy and childbirth and into motherhood? What roles can midwives play in society?

    This new edition of the popular text, Becoming a Midwife, explores what it is to be a midwife, looking at the factors that make midwifery such a special profession, as well as some of the challenges. The fully updated chapters cover a variety of settings and several different stages in a woman’s pregnancy, including stories from midwives working in hospitals and in the community, as managers, supervisors and educators, and as men, women, mothers and birth activists. All chapters are narrated by contributors who introduce their own theme, recount a vignette that throws light on their understandings of midwifery and reasons for becoming (or not becoming) a midwife and any subsequent career moves. Backed up by commentaries and drawing together these insights, the editors show what it means to be a midwife today.

    Suitable for those contemplating a career in midwifery and providing an opportunity for reflection for more experienced midwives, this thought-provoking book is an invaluable contribution to midwifery.

    Introduction: Choosing Midwifery and Being a Midwife  Rosemary Mander & Valerie Fleming  Part 1: The Scope of Midwifery  1. Studying Midwifery  Kirsty Darroch & Valerie Fleming  2. Midwifery Care in the Community During the Woman’s Pregnancy  Yvonne Fontein  3. Midwifery Care with the Woman in Labour in an Institution Miranda Page  4. Midwifery Care of the Mother and Baby at Home  Allison Ewing  Part 2: The Midwife and the Wider Environment  5. Midwives and Perinatal Mental Health  Eleanor Forrest  6. The Supervisor of Midwives and the Manager  Jean Duerden  7. The Academic Midwife  Rosemary Mander  8. The Midwife as a Researcher  Ans Luyben  9. The Global Midwife  Valerie Fleming  10. The Independent and Non-NHS Midwife  Nessa Mchugh  11. A Male Midwife’s Perspective  Denis Walsh  12. Do Women Care if Their Midwife has had Children?  Carrie Macintosh  13. The Midwife Who is an Author  Penny Curtis  14. On Not Becoming a Midwife: The Role of the Birth Activist  Nadine Edwards  15. The Ex-Midwife  Elaine Haycock-Stuart  16. Conclusion  Valerie Fleming & Rosemary Mander


    Rosemary Mander is Emeritus Professor of Midwifery at the University of Edinburgh, UK.

    Valerie Fleming is Professor of Midwifery at the Zurich University of Applied Sciences, Switzerland.