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Empowering Decision-Making in Midwifery

A Global Perspective, 1st Edition

Edited by Elaine Jefford, Julie Jomeen


288 pages | 21 B/W Illus.

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Decision-making pervades all aspects of midwifery practice across the world. Midwifery is informed by a number of decision-making theories, but it is sometimes difficult to marry these theories with practice.

This book provides a comprehensive exploration of decision-making for midwives. The first section critically reviews decision-making theories, including the Enhancing Decision-making Assessment in Midwifery (EDAM) tool, and their relevance to midwifery. It explores the links between midwifery governance, including professional regulation and the law, risk and safety and decision-making, as well as how critical thinking and reflection are essential elements of decision-making. It then goes on to present a number diverse case studies, demonstrating how they interrelate to and impact upon optimal midwifery decision-making. Each chapter presents examples that show how the theory applies to practice and includes activities to reinforce learning points.

Bringing together a diverse range of contributors, this volume will be essential reading for midwifery students and practising midwives.

Table of Contents


Baroness Cumberlege


Elaine Jefford & Julie Jomeen

Part 1

1. Midwifery and Decision-Making Theories

Elaine Jefford

2. Midwifery Regulation: global perspective

Mary Kirk

3. Legal Issues in Midwifery Care

Janet Kelly

4. Doing good: Ethics of decision-making in midwifery care

Marianne Nieuwenhuijze

5. Risk within maternity and how this impacts on midwives’ decision-making.

Mandie Scamell

6. Midwifery Abdication

Elaine Jefford & Julie Jomeen

7. Critical thinking

Amanda Carter

8. The use of reflection in midwifery practice to inform clinical decision-making.

Amanda Wain

Part 2

9. Decision-making in perinatal mental health: what are the challenges?

Claire Marshall & Catriona Jones & Julie Jomeen

10. Stress urinary incontinence in pregnancy and midwives decision-making

Jinguo Helen Zhai & Elaine Jefford

11. Enhanced decision-making in midwifery - care for pregnant and parenting adolescents

Samantha Nolan & Joyce Hendricks

12. Deciding to transfer. Tools to navigate the crossroads of expectations, values, and models of care, when making transfer decisions at a midwifery birth center

Jen Stevens

13. Decision-making around pain and its management during labour and birth

Sigfríður Inga Karlsdottir & Elizabeth Newnham & Hildur Kristjansdottir & Ruth Sanders

14. Midwives’ decision-making for fetal heart monitoring

Robyn Maude

15. Third Stage of Labour and Optimal Cord Clamping: Implications for midwives decision-making

Amanda Burleigh & Elaine Jefford

15. Choices after traumatic birth

Mari Greenfield

17. Stillbirth and midwives decision making: what are the challenges?

Jane Warland, & Claire Foord

18. Midwifery decision-making: Feeling safe to support women’s choice in the maternity care environment

Lyn Ebert

19. Woman centred-care and shared decision-making in midwifery care

Marianne Nieuwenhuijze

20. Collaborative Decision-Making from a Woman’s Perspective

Daniela Drandić & Magdalena Kurbanović

21. The Doula, Midwife partnership. Friend or Foe – how to work collaboratively

Elaine Jefford & Renee Adair & Tina Morrison & Hannah Dahlen

22. Collaborative decision-making between midwives and doctors

Marianne Nieuwenhuijze & Jeroen van Dillen

23. Do personality traits impact upon Midwives decision-making and practice?

Eveline Mestdagh

24. Proactive behaviour in midwifery education and practice: a pre-request for shared decision-making

Stephen Provost & Elaine Jefford & Anna Smyth, & Thejal Rupnarain,& Shahna Mailey & Harvey Ward

25. Developing the decision-making skills of Student Midwives in an Undergraduate Midwifery Programme in New Zealand.

Lorna Davies & Kendra Short

About the Editors

Elaine Jefford is a Midwifery academic and researcher at Southern Cross University, Australia. Elaine’s research is within the field of midwifery decision-making and abdicating one’s professional accountability, the impacts of this in relation to risk, safety and quality of care provision on maternal and neonate health, midwives, and the midwifery profession.

Julie Jomeen is a Professor of Midwifery, and Dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Hull, UK. Julie currently co-leads a Research Group for Maternal, Reproductive Health within the Faculty. A key focus of her work is exploring issues of perinatal mental health and psychological health in childbearing women.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
MEDICAL / Health Care Delivery
MEDICAL / Nursing / Maternity, Perinatal, Women's Health