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Title: Comprehensive Midwifery - The role of the midwife in health care practice, education, and research : An Interactive Guide to the Theory and Evidence of Practice
Authors: Beth Murrary-Davis
Eileen K. Hutton
Elaine Carty
Karyn Kaufman
Michelle Butler
Gail Martin
Andrea Lam
Maine Bi
Jennifer Belanger
Allison Campbell
Andrea Robertson
Cristina Mattison
Elaine Carty
Jayne E Marshall
Kris Robinson
Lesley Page
Lorna McRae
Mary Nolan
Mary Renfrew
Michelle Butler
Nadya Burton
Terri Rypkema
Vicki van Wagner
Keywords: Midwifery
Gender studies: women & girls
Moral & social purpose of education
Educational strategies & policy: inclusion
Doctor/patient relationship
Medical research
Health systems & services
Primary care medicine
Primary health care
Medical sociology
Nurse/patient relationship
Nursing sociology
Ethics & moral philosophy
Women’s health
Pregnancy, birth & baby care: advice & issues
For higher / tertiary / university education
Issue Date: 2020
Publisher: The e-Book Foundry at McMaster University
Abstract: The re-emergence of midwifery as a primary health care profession is one of the great stories of Canadian health care systems, but this story has been largely undocumented. This comprehensive e-book details the history and philosophy of midwifery, how current midwifery theory and policies are developed, and the role of education and research in advancing the field. We include a special focus on the social determinants of women’s health throughout Canada and the world, the principle of health care as a human right, and the principles and scope of midwifery practice. A must-read for Canadian student midwives and others interested in midwifery.
Unit 1 discusses the history and philosophy of Midwifery, and how the profession now works within health care systems in Canada and internationally. It also outlines midwifery’s role in developing government policies for their practice and clients, with particular attention given to disparities in health care access, and midwifery’s role in ensuring appropriate health care is accessible to all.
Unit 2 addresses the midwife’s role in a clinical setting as a primary care giver including scope of practice, competency, and organizations that regulate midwifery practice. Particular emphasis is placed on developing the practitioner-client relationship through respect, empathy, and awareness of social barriers to healthcare.
Unit 3 focuses on the midwife’s role as an educator both in the academic setting with student midwives and in the clinical setting working with clients. It discusses the development of curricula for midwifery students and current approaches to parenthood education for clients.
Unit 4 covers the importance of evidence-based practice and producing knowledge through midwifery research, with emphasis on the importance of midwives contributing to research in their field, and how to participate.
ISBN: 9781927565155
Appears in Collections:Ontario OER Collection

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