Birth Territory and Midwifery Guardianship
Theory for Practice, Education and Research
Midwives and other healthcare providers are grappling with the issue of rising intervention rates in childbirth and trying to identify ways to reverse the trend. It is increasingly accepted that intervention in childbirth has long-term consequences for women and their children. Birth Territory provides practical, evidence-based ideas for restructuring the birth territory to facilitate normal birth.Table of Contents
- Links new research findings to birth environments and outcomes.
- Describes the elements of an ideal birthing environment.
- Suggests how to modify existing maternity services to achieve optimal results.
- Investigates the links between the experiences of women and babies, and outcomes.
- Explores the effects of legal and socio-political factors.
By Kathleen Fahy, BN, MEd, PhD, RM, RN, Dean of Nursing and Midwifery and Professor of Midwifery, University of Newcastle, NSW, Australia; Maralyn Foureur, BA, GradDip, PhD, RN, RM, Clinical Professor, Midwifery and Women's Health, Graduate School of Nursing and Midwifery, Victoria University of Wellington, Wellington, New Zealand; and Carolyn Hastie, RM, RN, DipTeach, GradDipPHC, IBCLC, MPhil, Midwifery Manager, Obstetric & Gynecology Department, Belmont Birthing Service, Hunter New England Health, Australia