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Decision-Making in Midwifery Practice

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ISBN: 9780443073847

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Decision-Making in Midwifery Practice

By Maureen D. Raynor, MA PGCEA ADM RMN RN RM, Jayne E. Marshall, FRCM, PFHEA, PhD, MA, PGCEA, ADM, RM, RN and Amanda Sullivan, BA(Hons), PGDip, PhD, RM, RGN

208 pages
Copyright 2005
$68.95, Paperback, Reference

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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.


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.

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

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By Maureen D. Raynor, MA PGCEA ADM RMN RN RM, Senior Lecturer (Midwifery), De Montfort University, Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Leicester, UK ; Jayne E. Marshall, FRCM, PFHEA, PhD, MA, PGCEA, ADM, RM, RN, Foundation Professor of Midwifery and NMC Lead Midwife for Education, School of Allied Health Professions, College of Life Sciences, George Davies Centre, University of Leicester, UK and Amanda Sullivan, BA(Hons), PGDip, PhD, RM, RGN, Consultant Midwife, Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust, Nottingham, UK

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