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


This new book for student midwives is the core book for a series aimed at equipping today's students with the ability to provide the best possible care for mothers and babies. For most women, pregnancy and birth are normal physiological events happening to a well population. However, these events also have huge emotional significance for the women and their partners. Giving birth is a rite of passage, and this special nature of the event must be recognised by all involved with women during pregnancy, labour and the postnatal period.

Book Structure

Each chapter contains a summary of the key knowledge and ideas presented, and can be used as a quick reference guide or for revision. Chapter 1 sets the scene with an introduction to normal midwifery ...

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