4th Edition

Health Promotion in Midwifery Principles and Practice

Edited By Jan Bowden, Sam Bassett Copyright 2025
    352 Pages 37 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    352 Pages 37 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    The fourth edition of Health Promotion in Midwifery explores the principles of health promotion within the practical context of midwifery. It clearly outlines and discusses the midwife’s role in health promotion, linking theory and practice.

    This thoroughly updated new edition considers recent changes and developments in midwifery practice and public health. It explores essential topics such as infant feeding, smoking, mental health, behaviour change, models for health promotion, violence and abuse, and sexual health promotion and includes seven entirely new chapters. These new additions reflect the need to improve inequalities in care for service users from a range of backgrounds such as for clients from racially diverse communities, clients from the LGBT+ communities and migrant and displaced clients. Further chapters, such as those looking at public health in a global world, vaccinations in pregnancy and self-care for midwives, meet needs highlighted by the recent pandemic and its aftermath.

    Text boxes throughout ensure the text is accessible and user-friendly, and case studies and summaries put the material in practical context. Further reading sections encourage readers to further research and reflection on their own practice. This textbook is essential reading for all midwives, student midwives, health visitors and other health care professions in maternity care education and practice.


    1. Global Health and Midwifery  - Lucy Flatley, Rose Beaumont & Alessandra Morelli

    2. Public Health Policy & Midwifery - Dr Rebecca Whybrow

    3. Health Promotion: The core role of the Midwife.  - Dr Sam Bassett

    4. Factors affecting health promotion: a gendered issue. – Lucy & Charlotte

    5. Health Promotion and Clients from Racially Diverse Communities- Verona Hall

    6. Health Promotion considerations for clients from the LGBTQ+ community: embarking on starting a family - Teresa Arias, Grace Howard & Claire Singh

    7. Health Promotion Models and Approaches . – Jan Bowden

    8. Evaluating Health Promotion, What Midwives need to consider. – Jan Bowden

    9. Health, Lifestyle and changing behaviours- Jan Bowden

    10. Health Promotion, Conversations, Information and “Fake News”- Ruth Sanders & Kenda Crozier

    11. Smoking Cessation in Pregnancy- Dr Tomasina Stacey & Chelsea Leadley

    12. Breastfeeding -A Multifaceted Perspective on Health Promotion Zeni Kout & Sarah Johnson

    13. Perinatal Mental Health promotion in Midwifery- Dr Amanda Firth, Ian P S Noonan & Charlotte Anne Kenyon

    14. Maternal Suicide: A Key Public Health Issue for Midwifery Practice – Rose Beaumont

    15. Midwives’ self-care and resilience - Ruth Sanders & Kelda Folliard

    16. Sexual health promotion in midwifery practice -Sarah Kipps

    17. Violence against Women and Girls-  Dr Hannah Rayment-Jones &  Dr Elsa Montgomery

    18. Vaccinations and Pregnancy - Dr Sam Bassett

    19. The displaced/migrant client- Maria Garcia De Frutos and Octavia Wiseman


    Jan Bowden is an experienced lecturer in Midwifery at the Florence Nightingale Faculty of Nursing, Midwifery and Palliative Care, King’s College London and external examiner. She is passionate about the role of the midwife in public health and health promotion, contraception and sexual health including abortion, FGM and women’s health and is currently involved in a project to develop the academic literacy skills of midwifery students.

    Sam Bassett is Head of Department and Lead Midwife for Education at King’s College London. An experienced midwife her specialist areas of interest are maternal medical complexities, midwifery emergencies and maternal high dependency care. Clinical midwifery practice remains central to Sam’s work and she continues to contribute nationally to the development of key guidelines/publications, instruct on courses such as NLS and represent midwifery on courses such as mMOET.