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Decision-Making in Midwifery Practice


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The book looks at a broad perspective of decision making and each chapter focuses on a specific aspect related to making crucial decisions. Following an initial introduction the book explores the concept of autonomy and the many factors that influence autonomous practise. The role of knowledge in decision making, using evidence to inform decisions, as well as different approaches to decision making are also examined - including the traditional or rational approach, decision analysis and the development of professional judgement. Dilemmas arise when decisions are made and therefore ethical decision making is an important component of this book. Management decisions may be different from those related to giving specific care to women, hence one chapter focuses on making management decisions. Emphasis is also placed on the role of the midwife in helping women make their own decisions, the role of reflection in enhancing the decisions midwives make and the support midwives can receive from their Supervisor of Midwives. Flowcharts explain and facilitate the decision-making process.

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Key Features

    • A very practical approach to decision-making in midwifery, with contributions from midwives who have considerable experience in this area
    • Provides guidelines on how to achieve successful autonomous midwifery practice, enabling theory to be effectively applied to practice
    • Includes coverage of management roles and decision-making as well as clinical scenarios, offering frameworks and flowcharts to guide the inexperienced
    • Suggests different approaches to making difficult decisions

Published Reviews

    Faye Doris; Academic Lead, Midwifery; University of Plymouth

    A valuable text in an area where students and some midwives have difficulty acquiring this higher order skill.

Author Information

    By Maureen Raynor, MA, PGCEA, RMN, RN, RM, ADM, Midwife Teacher, University of Nottingham, School of Human Development, Academic Division of Midwifery, Post Graduate Education Center, Hucknall Road, Nottingham, UK; Jayne Marshall, University of Nottingham, Academic Division of Midwifery, PGCE, City Hospital, Hucknall Road, Nottingham, UK; and Amanda Sullivan, BA(hons), PG/Dip, PhD, RM, RGN, Midwife Consultant, Nottingham City Hospital NHS Trust, Nottingham, UK

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Decision-Making in Midwifery Practice
  • Paperback
  • Reference
  • 208 Pages
  • Trim Size: 9 11/16 X 7 7/16 in
  • Imprint: Churchill Livingstone
  • ISBN: 978-0-443-07384-7
  • Copyright: 2005