Intrapartum Care has undergone profound changes over the past 50 years. Essential Midwifery Practice: Intrapartum Care takes a broad sweep to examine these changes and their intersection with midwifery, in particular their impact on the midwife’s role during labour and birth.
Essential Midwifery Practice: Intrapartum Care is an invaluable guide for all midwives in addressing a wide range of topics including the evolution of Intrapartum care, debates about knowledge and childbirth education. It looks at birth environments, labour rhythms, working with pain, normal birth, unusual labours and complementary therapies. This unique and diverse text provides the latest research guidance on best practice.
Written by key experts in their respective fields coming together for the first time, this title provides comprehensive examination of normal birth practice, outlining the current state of knowledge and skills.
About the Editors
Denis Walsh was born in Queensland but trained as a midwife in Leicester, England. His PhD was on the Birth Centre model and he is now Associate Professor in Midwifery at the University of Nottingham. He lectures on evidence and skills for normal birth internationally and is widely published on midwifery issues and normal birth. Soo Downe spent 15 years working as a midwife in various clinical, research, and project development roles at Derby City General Hospital. She is now the Professor of Midwifery Studies at UCLan, where she leads the Research in Childbirth and Health (ReaCH) group. She set up, and now coordinates, the annual international normal birth research conference series. Her main research focus is the nature of, and culture around, normal birth.