No woman has an uneventful pregnancy - a phrase which is commonly heard in western medical birth settings in the UK. Each woman births her child within a social context of her own. Midwives and other health care professionals need to have a deep understanding of the various lives childbearing women live in order to support them insightfully and practise in a nuanced manner. The Social Context of Birth has been revised, updated and enlarged to provide an essential understanding of the different lives women live and in which they birth their children. For the first time, it also contains original primary research on the perspectives of student midwives as they progress through their three year training. This comprehensive guide provides countless valuable insights into the many different lives, experiences and expectations of women in their childbearing years in the twenty-first century, especially vulnerable women. Written by a team of highly experienced health professionals, it also covers contentious areas of maternity care, such as new reproductive techlogies and fetal surveillance. A true essential for all healthcare professionals who work with women giving birth, such as midwives, nurses, health visitors and obstetricians, and wish to deepen their kwledge of women's lives.
Caroline Squire recently retired as a senior lecturer at University of West London. She qualified as a midwife in 1981, practising in a variety of inner and outer London hospitals before qualifying as a lecturer in 1988. She has a particular interest in women's studies and has an MSc in Medical Anthropology. She is also qualified as an Acupuncturist and Chinese medical herbalist.
Taylor & Francis Ltd
Date of Publication
Medical Nursing & Ancillary Services
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Radcliffe Publishing Ltd
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