For new students the language and concepts of midwifery care can at first be daunting. This book helps students to understand the expectations of midwifery training in relation to normal midwifery practice. It covers the basics of midwifery care including professional practice, frameworks informing midwifery care, key concepts and philosophies of care, communication and care skills, antenatal care, normal labor and birth, postnatal care, neonatal care and breastfeeding, as well as a brief introduction to medicines management in normal midwifery care. The book is designed to work alongside first taught modules in midwifery, and underpin training in subsequent years. Key Features • Reflects the latest practice approaches, issues and evidence • Links theory to practice through case studies and problem based learning • Activities help develop key skills such as decision making and critical thinking • Links knowledge to the NMC Standards and ESCs required for registration

Midwifery Care in Normal Labour

Midwifery Care in Normal Labour

Midwifery care in normal labour
Moira McLean

NMC Standards for Pre-registration Midwifery Education

This chapter will address the following competencies:

Domain: Effective Midwifery Practice

  • Communicate effectively with women and assess and monitor women holistically throughout the intrapartum period using a range of assessment methods and reaching valid reliable and comprehensive conclusions.
  • Care for and support women during labour and monitor the condition of the fetus, supporting spontaneous births.

NMC Essential Skills Clusters

This chapter will address the following ESCs:

Cluster: Normal Labour and Birth

Women can trust/expect a newly registered midwife to:

  • work in partnership with women to facilitate a birth environment that supports their needs;
  • be attentive to the comfort needs of women before, during and after the birth;
  • determine the onset of labour;
  • determine the well-being of the women and their ...
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