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2nd Edition

Sustainability, Midwifery and Birth

ISBN 9780367259259
Published July 29, 2020 by Routledge
318 Pages 3 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This new edition outlines how sustainability can be incorporated into midwifery practice, education and research. It has been thoroughly revised to include new models of sustainable midwifery practice and new chapters on rural midwives and rural communities, social justice, and compassion.

Environmental awareness and sustainability are vitally important concepts and, as a low environmental impact healthcare profession, midwifery has the potential to stand as a model of excellence. This international collection of experts explores the challenges, inviting readers to critically reflect on the issues and consider how they could move to effect changes within their own working environments. Divided into three parts, the book discusses:

  • The politics of midwifery and sustainability
  • Midwifery as a sustainable healthcare practice
  • Supporting an ecological approach to parenting.

Sustainability, Midwifery and Birth is a vital read for all midwives and midwifery students interested in sustainable practice.

Table of Contents

 1.Globalisation of midwifery and maternity services: struggles in meaning and practice in states under pressure.

Jo Murphy-Lawless

2.Costing birth as commodity or sustainable public good 

Sally K Tracy

3.Social Justice, motherhood, and midwives 

Tricia Thompson

4.Valuing the labour of midwives in Ontario, Canada and New Zealand. 

Juana Berinstein et al.

5.The Midwife as Social Connector  

Lorna Davies et al.

6.Sustained by joy: The potential of flow experience for midwives and mothers and the blocking of that flow 

Mavis Kirkham

7.Sustained by compassion 

Sheena Byrom et al. 

8.Career or life cycle: The phenomenon of transitioning work-setting within Midwifery in order to remain personally and professionally sustainable 

Melanie Welfare

9.Sustaining Rural Midwives and Rural Communities 

Mary Kensington et al.

10.Good housekeeping in sustainable midwifery practice 

Ruth Martis

11.A values-based approach to sustainability literacy in a bachelor of midwifery programme. 

Lorna Davies et al.

12.The pregnant environment   

Jean Rankin

13.The birthing environment: a sustainable approach 

Carolyn Hastie

14.Antenatal education: sustaining healthy families 

Mary Nolan

15.Climate action and infant feeding 

Carol Bartle

16.'Good mothers' in the age of finance 

Shanti Daellenbach et al.

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Lorna Davies is Academic Manager, Department of Healthcare Practice at Ara Institute of Canterbury in Christchurch, New Zealand.

Rea Daellenbach is a Senior Lecturer in the Bachelor of Midwifery programme at Ara Institute of Canterbury in Christchurch, New Zealand.

Mary Kensington is a Principal Lecturer and Head of the School of Midwifery at Ara Institute of Canterbury in Christchurch, New Zealand.