Best Practices in Midwifery, Second Edition

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Best Practices in Midwifery, Second Edition

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Using the Evidence to Implement Change


  • Barbara A. Anderson DrPH, CNM, FACNM, FAAN
  • Judith P. Rooks MPH, CNM, FACNM
  • Rebeca Barroso DNP, CNM
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First Edition an AJN Book of the Year Award Winner!

This second edition of a groundbreaking book is substantially 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 bothcontinuing and new areas of practice, the impact of institutional and national policies, and the effects of diversity and globalization. Incorporating themidwifery model of care, the book provides strategies for change and guidance for implementing evidence-based best practices.

The book examines midwifery efforts to improve the health of women and children in the U.S., for example, Strong Start, US MERA, Centering Pregnancy, a focus on physiologic birth, and successful global endeavors. It encompasses a diverse nationwide authorship that includes leaders in midwifery,academicians, midwives representing diversity, hospital- and community-based practitioners, and policymakers. This coalition of authors from diversebackgrounds facilitates an engaging and robust discussion around best practices. Chapters open with a contemporary review of the literature, a comparisonof current (often scientifically unsubstantiated and ineffective) practices, evidence-based recommendations, and best practices for midwifery.

Key Features:

  • Focuses on scientific evidence as the framework for midwifery practice
  • Addresses continuing and new, controversial areas of practice with strategies and guidelines for change
  • Includes 20 out of 27 completely new chapters
  • Authored by a diverse group of 44 prominent midwifery leaders
  • Examines practices that are in conflict with scientific evidence

Product Details 

  • Publication Date August 09, 2016
  • Page Count 568
  • Product Form Paperback / softback
  • ISBN 13 9780826131782
  • EISBN 9780826131799

About The Author(s) 

Barbara A. Anderson, DrPH, CNM, 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) and is co-editor 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 & Medicine. She has served as chair of the Population, Reproductive, and Sexual Health section of the American Public Health Association and led the urban initiative in California that won the Safe Motherhood Initiative—USA Model Program award. She 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 more than 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, MPH, MS, CNM, FACNM, is past president of the American College of Nurse-Midwives. As a nurse-midwife and epidemiologist, she has had many years of service with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. She was the principal investigator of major studies published in professional journals, including the New England Journal of Medicine and the Journal of the American Medical Association. 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 the 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, DNP, MSN, CNM, FACNM, is an assistant professor of midwifery at Frontier Nursing University and practices full-scope midwifery at HealthEast Care, Saint Paul, Minnesota, serving low-income national and international clientele at Seton Catholic Charities Clinic. She has an 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 certified nurse-midwife (CNM) practice for more than 20 years. She is a preceptor and coordinates clinical education for CNM, women’s health nurse practitioner, and family nurse practitioner students, chairing the Education Committee of HealthEast Care. She is a faculty member and mentors midwifery and doctor of nursing practice 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 Nurses Coalition.

Table of Contents 



Foreword Holly Powell Kennedy, PhD, CNM, FACNM, FAAN



Barbara A. Anderson

1. The Midwifery Workforce: Issues Globally and in the United States

Judith T. Fullerton and Barbara A. Anderson

2. Advocating for Childbearing Women: Current Initiatives and Workforce Challenges

Heather M. Bradford and Jesse S. Bushman

3. Evaluating and Using Scientific Evidence: Foundation for Implementing Change

Billie Anne Gebb, Zach G. Young, and Barbara A. Anderson


Rebeca Barroso

4. Facilitating Access to Midwifery-Led Prenatal and Postpartum Care

Julia C. Phillippi and Melody J. Castillo

5. Nutrition and Epigenetics in Pregnancy

Mary K. Barger

6. Evidence-Based Midwifery Care for Obese Childbearing Women

Laura A. Aughinbaugh and Nicole S. Carlson

7. Weight Management Counseling With Overweight and Obese Pregnant Women

Cecilia M. Jevitt

8. Maternal Concerns and Knowledge About Vaccination During Pregnancy: Counseling Childbearing Women

Deborah M. Brickner

9. Women in Migration: Best Practices in Midwifery

Jane M. Dyer

10. Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Birth Outcomes: The Challenge to Midwifery

Patricia O. Loftman

11. Circles of Change: CenteringPregnancy®, Health Disparities, and Vulnerable Women

Margaret S. Hutchison and Melanie R. Thomas

12. Postpartum Mood and Anxiety Disorders: Maximizing Midwifery Care

Cheryl Tatano Beck

13. Mind–Body Practices: Integration in the Midwifery Model of Care

Kathleen A. Moriarty

14. The Freestanding Birth Center: Evidence for Change in the Delivery of Health Care to Childbearing Families

Susan E. Stone, Eunice K. M. Ernst, and Susan R. Stapleton

15. Creating a Birth Center: Entrepreneurial Midwifery

Kathryn Schrag and Barbara A. Anderson

16. Home as the Place of Birth: The Evidence for Safety

Judith P. Rooks and Suzan Ulrich


Rebeca Barroso

17. Therapeutic Presence and Continuous Labor Support: Hallmarks of Midwifery

Robin G. Jordan

18. Untethering in Labor: Using the Evidence for Best Practice

Susan M. Yount, Meghan Garland, and Rebeca Barroso

19. Vaginal Birth After Cesarean: Emotion and Reason

Mayri Sagady Leslie

20. The Limits of Choice: Elective Induction and Cesarean Delivery on Maternal Request

Kerri D. Schuiling and Joan K. Slager

21. Evidence-Based Management of Prelabor Rupture of the Membranes at Term

Amy Marowitz

22. The Midwife as Catalyst: Promoting Institutional Change With Intrapartum Immersion Hydrotherapy

Elizabeth Nutter and Jenna Shaw-Battista

23. Nitrous Oxide’s Place in Labor and Birth

Michelle R. Collins and Judith P. Rooks

24. Management of the Third Stage of Labor: Implementing Best Practices

Mavis N. Schorn


Barbara A. Anderson

25. The Role of Midwifery in Mobilizing Communities to Improve Maternal and Newborn Health Outcomes

Jody R. Lori

26. The Evidence for Interprofessional Education in Midwifery

Denise Colter Smith and Mary Paul Backman

27. Creating a Collaborative Working Environment

Ginger K. Breedlove and John C. Jennings

28. Conclusion: Policy and Advocacy—Fostering Best Practices in a Dynamic Health Care Environment

Lisa Summers