Best Practices in Midwifery

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Best Practices in Midwifery

SKU# 9780826108852

Using the Evidence to Implement Change


  • Barbara A. Anderson DrPH, CNM, FACNM, FAAN
  • Susan Stone DNSc, CNM, FACNM, FAAN

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Awarded second place in the 2013 AJN Book of the Year Awards in the Maternal-Child Nursing/Childbirthing category
"This book is one of those turning points that will make an enormous difference.

Judith P. Rooks, CNM, MS, MPH
Author of Midwifery and Childbirth in America

This book provides a well-rounded examination of the issues we face in using evidence to inform our everyday clinical decisions...The authors have gathered current evidence and created practice scenarios to help the reader visualize EBP in action.

In a country that has more independent midwives and group practices than hospital based midwives this type of book could possibly become the cornerstone in terms of the standards of midwifery care."--Nursing Times

From the Foreword by Holly Powell Kennedy, CNM, PhD, FACNM, FAAN
President, American College of Nurse Midwives
Helen Varney Professor of Midwifery
Yale University School of Nursing

Nurse-midwives often find themselves in situations where current research-based treatment conflicts with established practices that may be ineffective or even harmful. This text provides a roadmap for nurse-midwives who strive to implement change through evidence-based practice by presenting the most current evidence-based research on the care of childbearing women. It is the only book about evidence-based practice for nurse-midwives that encompasses the most controversial areas of practice. The text incorporates the foundations of midwifery and the midwifery model of care throughout.

The book discusses the use of electronic databases in examining evidence and identifying best practices. It considers how the current workforce environment affects the practice of nurse-midwifery, and describes evidence-based practices in the care of childbearing women. Each chapter reviews current literature, describes contemporary practices and explores whether these practices are based on scientific evidence. Case studies enhance the examination of evidence and the identification of best practices.

Key Features:

  • Focuses on scientific evidence as the framework for the practice of nurse-midwifery
  • Incorporates the hallmarks of midwifery and the midwifery model of care
  • Examines practices that are in conflict with scientific evidence
  • Provides guidance for practicing nurse-midwives in implementing best practices based upon scientific evidence

Product Details 

  • Publication Date August 24, 2012
  • Page Count 280
  • Product Form Paperback / softback
  • ISBN 13 9780826108852
  • EISBN 9780826108869

Table of Contents 

List of Contributors

Section I. Evidence-based Maternity Care: The External Environment

Chapter 1 Evaluating and Using the Evidence

Chapter 2 The Evidence for Providing the Nurse-Midwifery Workforce

Section II. Evidence-based Best Practices in the Care of the Childbearing Woman

Chapter 3 Centering Pregnancy: An Evidence-Based Model of Prenatal Care

Chapter 4 Therapeutic Presence and Continuous Labor Support: Hallmarks of Nurse-Midwifery

Chapter 5 Home Birth: Evidence and Controversy

Chapter 6 Birth Centers: The Midwifery Model of Care (TK)

Chapter 7 Evidence-Based Practices to Promote, Support and Protect Breastfeeding

Chapter 8 Mental Health during Childbearing: The Evidence for the Midwifery Model of Care

Section III. The Intrapartal Period: The Conflict of Evidence and Practice

Chapter 9 Management of Pre-Labor Rupture of Membranes at Term: Using the Evidence

Chapter 10 Tethering during Labor: The Effect of Current Practices on the Normalcy of Labor

Chapter 11 Un-tethering in Labor: Using the Evidence for Best Practice

Chapter 12 The Limits of Choice: Elective Induction and Cesarean Delivery on Maternal Request

Chapter 13 Vaginal Birth after Cesarean: Emotion and Reason

Chapter 14 The Second Stage of Labor: Using the Evidence to Protect Normal Birth

Chapter 15 Postpartum Hemorrhage: Best Practices in Management