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The Basics, 1st Edition

By Helen Baston


256 pages | 5 B/W Illus.

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Midwifery: The Basics provides an engaging and authentic insight into the midwife’s world. It explores the role of the midwife as a clinician and professional, showing how midwives can support women both to achieve a healthy full-term pregnancy and a smooth transition to motherhood.

This book begins with a discussion of the context of birth and parenthood, placing midwifery in its broader social context. Topics covered include:

  • The midwife as an autonomous professional;
  • Becoming a midwife;
  • Pre-conceptual and antenatal care;
  • Intrapartum care;
  • Postnatal care; and
  • The specialist midwife.

Midwifery: The Basics uses the voices of mothers, fathers and midwives to illustrate the complex world of becoming, being and supporting parents. This is an essential introduction for students at undergraduate and A-Level who are approaching midwifery for the first time.

Table of Contents

1. The context of birth

2. The roles of the midwife

3. Midwifery: An evolutionary tale

4. Becoming a midwife

5. Pre-conceptual and antenatal care

6. Labour and birth care

7. Postnatal care

8. Midwife as specialist

About the Author

Helen Baston is Consultant Midwife in Public Health, Baby Friendly Guardian and Professional Midwifery Advocate at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, UK.

About the Series

The Basics

The Basics is a highly successful series of accessible guidebooks which provide an overview of the fundamental principles of a subject area in a jargon-free and undaunting format.

Intended for students approaching a subject for the first time, the books both introduce the essentials of a subject and provide an ideal springboard for further study. With over 50 titles spanning subjects from Artificial Intelligence to Women’s Studies, The Basics are an ideal starting point for students seeking to understand a subject area.

Each text comes with recommendations for further study and gradually introduces the complexities and nuances within a subject.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HEALTH & FITNESS / Pregnancy & Childbirth
MEDICAL / Gynecology & Obstetrics
MEDICAL / Health Care Delivery
MEDICAL / Nursing / Maternity, Perinatal, Women's Health