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Book reviews

Reviews of books of interest to maternity staff and mothers, including articles from Midwives magazine

  • Theory for Midwifery Practice (2nd edition) Theory for Midwifery Practice (2nd edition)This is an important book. Midwives are constantly developing, testing and applying theories, and the degree to which this becomes a conscious process is a central concern of both this and the first edition (Bryar, 1995).
  • Prenatal tests and ultrasound Prenatal tests and ultrasoundThe simplicity of the layout and explanations makes this perfect for the interested layman; whereas the thoroughness of the subjects covered means it acts perfectly as an aide for students and newly qualified midwives.
  • Sacred Pregnancy Sacred PregnancyThis slightly esoteric (American) resource is based around journaling a pregnancy. Each chapter reflects a week of pregnancy, focusing briefly on fetal development, hormones and body changes, guiding the woman through the 'process' [sic] of pregnancy. There is space in the 40 chapters for the reader to jot down thoughts and emotions, reflections and ideas.
  • The Midwife’s Here The Midwife's HereThis book offers a window into the midwifery world, which I would imagine laypersons and novice midwives would find inspiring and indeed Linda's long career as a midwife is admirable and lives such as these should be celebrated.
  • The WHO international code of marketing of breast-milk substitutes The WHO international code of marketing of breast-milk substitutes: History and analysisThe International Code of Marketing of Breast-milk Substitutes was adopted by the World Health Assembly (WHA) of the World Health Organisation (WHO), in cooperation with UNICEF, in 1981. It is an international health policy framework and its aim is to 'contribute to the provision of safe and adequate nutrition for infants' (Article 1 of the Code).
  • Developing health care skills through simulation Developing health care skills through simulationThe practicing of clinical scenarios is not a new concept in health care training and continued professional development, and recent years has seen the development of elaborate and sophisticated machines to simulate such situations.
  • Ethics, Law and Professional Issues Ethics, Law and Professional Issues: A Practice-Based Approach for Health ProfessionalsThis book provides a good introduction to a broad spectrum of topics, including detailed discussions of accountability and the fundamental ethical concepts of autonomy, beneficence, non-maleficence and justice.
  • Mentoring Nursing and Healthcare Students Mentoring Nursing and Healthcare StudentsThis book is a practical and extremely useful educational tool for every healthcare professional intending to or currently undertaking a mentorship programme as well as those updating their mentorship.
  • Perinatal mental health: a clinical guide Perinatal mental health: a clinical guideI was pleasantly surprised at how compartmental, clear and readable this comprehensive volume is.
  • Perineal assessment and repair following childbirth: the FAB training method  Perineal assessment and repair following childbirth: the FAB training methodThis DVD set will make a very welcome addition to perineal repair training programmes and annual updates for midwives and junior doctors.
  • Midwifery practice: case book – critical illness, complications and emergencies Midwifery practice: case book critical illness, complications and emergenciesI found this book extremely useful. Each chapter is a case study covering the management of a specific obstetric emergency or critical illness in a question-and-answer-style format.
  • Mayes midwifery 14 ed Mayes' midwifery (14th edition)Previously I have used another midwifery textbook, chosen due to its Pageburst access. However, Mayes' now has this fantastic resource as well, so I was eager 
to see how it shaped up.
  • Birth matters Birth mattersAs a newly qualified midwife, I was eager to get to grips with this new title from the original 'spiritual midwife' and was soon hooked.
  • The 3-plan: your complete pregnancy and postnatal exercise plan The 3-plan: your complete pregnancy and postnatal exercise planExercise during pregnancy is beneficial to both mother and baby but planning this is not always easy. To help mothers-to-be, Lucie Brand has come up with the 3-plan.
  • The midwife-mother relationship The midwife-mother relationship (second edition)This book focuses its aim on what is surely the very heart and soul of what it means to be a midwife, to be with woman.
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