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COMING SOON - The Definitive Evidence-Based Guide to Midwifery Practice: Best Practices in Midwifery, Second Edition

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The AJN award-winning textbook
Best Practices in Midwifery
now in its second edition

2013 AJN Book of the Year Award seal


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The second edition of this groundbreaking book includes 20 out of 27 completely new chapters. Along with the updated Table of Contents, the sample chapter downloads contain content from Chapter 4, "Facilitating Access to Midwifery-led Prenatal and Postpartum Care," and Chapter 6, "Evidence-Based Midwifery Care for Obese Childbearing Women." Preview a few of the entirely updated chapters that deliver the foundation for an evidence-based model for best practices in midwifery.


Praise For the First Edition

"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


2013 AJN Book of the Year Awards, Second Place
Maternal-Child Nursing/Childbirthing category

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About the Book

Best Practices in Midwifery, Second Edition

Best Practices in Midwifery, Second Edition

Using the Evidence to Implement Change

Barbara A. Anderson DrPH, CNM, FACNM, FAAN
Judith P. Rooks MPH, CNM, FACNM
Rebeca Barroso DNP, CNM

This second edition of a groundbreaking book is substantially expanded and revised to deliver the foundation for an evidence-based model for best practices in midwifery—a model critical to raising the United States’ current standing as the bottom-ranking country for maternity mortality among developed nations. With a focus on updated scientific evidence as the framework for midwifery practice, the book includes 21 completely new chapters that address both continuing and new areas of practice, the impact of institutional and national policies, and the effects of diversity and globalization. Incorporating the midwifery model of care, the book provides strategies for change and guidance for implementing evidence-based best practices.

August 2016 | 635 pp. | Paperback | 9780826131782 | $95.00

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About the Editors

Barbara A. Anderson, CNM, DrPH, MPH, MS, FACNM, FAAN, was lead editor of the first edition of Best Practices in Midwifery: Using the Evidence to Implement Change and now has led the initiative to broaden the scope of this work in the second edition. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of the American College of Nurse-Midwives. She has had a long career in nursing and public health, field-based teaching, mentorship, program planning, curriculum development and academic administration. She is lead editor of DNP Capstone Projects: Exemplars of Excellence in Practice (2015). She is coeditor of the award-winning text Caring for the Vulnerable: Perspectives in Nursing Theory, Research, and Practice (2008, 2012, 2016). Dr. Anderson currently serves as a journal referee for Social Science and Medicine. She has served as chair of the Population, Reproductive, and Sexual Health section of the American Public Health Association. She led the urban initiative in California that won the Safe Motherhood Initiative-USA Model Program award. Dr. Anderson has been a program consultant in midwifery, public health and nursing in Africa, Asia and Latin America and has prepared nurses, midwives, and physicians in public health and the midwifery model of care in over 100 countries. She began her career as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Ethiopia, writing a textbook on maternal health for Ethiopian nursing students.

Judith P. Rooks, CNM, MPH, MS, FACNM, is Past President of the American College of Nurse-Midwives. As a nurse-midwife and epidemiologist, she has many years of service with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. She was Principal Investigator of major studies published in professional journals including the New England Journal of Medicine and JAMA. She has been a consultant to family planning and midwifery programs globally and served in the Office of the U.S. Surgeon General. She has authored more than 100 published papers and is author of Midwifery & Childbirth in America (2007). In 1993 she received the American Public Health Association's Award for outstanding service to the health of mothers and babies. She is currently involved in work related to the safety and risks of home births in the United States. Although retired, she continues to work on behalf of mothers, babies and midwives.

Rebeca Barroso, CNM, APRN, MSN, DNP, is Assistant Professor, Midwifery, Frontier Nursing University and practices full-scope midwifery at HealthEast Care, Saint Paul, MN, serving low-income national and international clientele at Seton Catholic Charities Clinic. She has extensive background in clinical midwifery and women’s health, working with vulnerable women experiencing health disparities from multiple cultural backgrounds. She has been in continuous full-scope CNM practice for over 20 years. She is a preceptor and coordinates clinical education for CNM, WHNP and FNP students, chairing the Education Committee of the institution. She is a course faculty and mentors midwifery and DNP students at Frontier Nursing University. She is co-editor of DNP Capstone Projects: Exemplars of Excellence in Practice (2015). Dr. Barroso won the 2011 W. Newton Award from the American College of Nurse-Midwives and is active in the American College of Nurse-Midwives and the Minnesota Advance Practice.

Editor and Contributor Events and Appearances

Annual Meeting of the American College of Nurse-Midwives

Judith Rooks | Member of ACNM

The theme of the 61st Annual Meeting & Exhibition is Midwifery: Deep Roots, Enchating Horizons. Open to midwives and women's health experts, this conference will celebrate the past and look foward to the bright future of midwifery and health care for women.

May 22-26, 2016 | Albuquerque, NM

World Congress on Midwifery and Women Health 2015

Liz Nutter | Invited Speaker

Elizabeth Nutter, DNP, CNM, will be presenting a 1-hour podium lecture entitled "Hydrotherapy: An Intervention that Supports Physiologic Birth."

August 29-37, 2016 | Atlanta, GA | More Information

Academy of Neonatal Nursing Conference

Michelle Collins | Invited Speaker

Dr. Collins will be presenting on the topic What Women Want in Labor and Birth and Why We Should Listen to Them.

September 8, 2016, 11:00am | Nashville, TN

Oregon AWHONN Fall Conference

Michelle Collins | Invited Speaker

Dr. Collins will be presenting on the use of nitrous oxide in labor.

September 26, 2016, 9:30am | Silverton, OR

University of Rochester Elizabeth Cooper Lecturer

Michelle Collins | Invited Lecturer

The Cooper Lecture is a city-wide, OB/GYN Department grand rounds event. It is a unique, funded arrangement established in honor of Elizabeth Cooper's thirtieth anniversary as a midwife at UR. It consists of a grand round presentation by a nationally/internationally recognized midwife on her topic of expertise. Additionally, it is an OB/GYN resident teaching event, for which the speaker presents two smaller, more informal lectures/discussions to the residents and, usually, a handful of midwives as well.

Dr. Collins will be presenting on the use of nitrous oxide in labor.

October 13, 2016, 7:30am | Rochester, NY