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.
Elaine Jefford & Julie Jomeen
1. Midwifery and Decision-Making Theories
2. Midwifery Regulation: global perspective
3. Legal Issues in Midwifery Care
4. Doing good: Ethics of decision-making in midwifery care
5. Risk within maternity and how this impacts on midwives’ decision-making.
6. Midwifery Abdication
Elaine Jefford & Julie Jomeen
7. Critical thinking
8. The use of reflection in midwifery practice to inform clinical decision-making.
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
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
15. Third Stage of Labour and Optimal Cord Clamping: Implications for midwives decision-making
Amanda Burleigh & Elaine Jefford
15. Choices after traumatic birth
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
19. Woman centred-care and shared decision-making in midwifery care
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?
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