Oxford Handbook of Midwifery

Oxford Handbook of Midwifery

Janet Medforth, Linda Ball, Angela Walker, Sue Battersby, and Sarah Stables

Print publication date: Mar 2017

ISBN: 9780198754787

Publisher: Oxford University Press


The third edition of the popular Oxford Handbook of Midwifery has been extensively revised using the latest evidence-based guidelines and national recommendations. Continuing to give a complete picture of the role of the midwife in multidisciplinary care for childbearing women, the handbook reflects the mother's journey through pregnancy, birth, and beyond, with care of the newborn, newborn feeding, and postnatal care in a precise and logical approach. Three newly configured chapters on infections and sepsis, obesity, and hypertensive disorders of pregnancy are offered to help readers find information in one location. There are new mini-sections on independent prescribing, fetal programing, uterine inversion and uterine rupture, the introduction of doulas into the care pathway, and breast feeding innovations such as breast crawl. Included are updated resources and national guidelines and recommendations from trusted bodies such as the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence, the Royal College of Midwives, and the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, along with relevant Cochrane database evidence. The midwife’s changing role in contributing to women's health and public health issues is acknowledged and lastly there is notice of the impending changes to midwifery regulation in the UK. The book is presented in an easily readable style with clear headings and key facts delivered in bullet points. The book is intended for students, practising midwives, educators, and anyone who needs a handy quick reference guide to aid their contribution to maternity care.