This book is written with both degree and diploma student midwives in mind. It is split into two sections, each alphabetical. The first section contains some of the language of midwifery: terms, abbreviations and definitions. The second section contains common conditions, procedures, emergency situations, and supporting information. Each topic includes further factors that involve recognition, prevention, and actions to take in an emergency situation that may be in the form of flow/action charts. The procedures that are included have an overview of the 'how to', (frequently including the preparation needed); and the 'why', supported by research or evidence, and Midwives’ rules and standards (NMC 2004b) and The NMC code of professional conduct: standards for conduct, performance and ethics (NMC 2004a). The references used provide useful evidence to support practice. Finally, the supporting information is varied and ranges from details about Government and international initiatives to available support groups and useful websites.
About the authors ix Foreword, by Dame Lorna Muirhead, DBE, President of the Royal College of Midwives 1997–2004 x Preface xi Section 1 The Language of Midwifery Terms, abbreviations, definitions 1 Section 2 Quick Reference Topics Conditions, procedures, emergency situations, supporting information, e.g. voluntary organisations 20 Figures Flow / action charts 1 Antepartum haemorrhage 31 2 Neonatal resuscitation 38 3.1 Cord prolapse – presentation at home 70 3.2 Cord prolapse – presentation in hospital 71 4 Apgar score 80 5.1 Management of third stage of labour – physiological and active 82 5.2 Management of third stage of labour – alternative active management 83 6 Disseminated intravascular coagulation (DIC) 95 7 Eclampsia 97 8 Genetic inheritance, e.g. PKU 163 9 Post-partum haemorrhage – primary 178 10 Post-partum haemorrhage – secondary 179 11.1 Retained placenta – at home 202 11.2 Retained placenta – in hospital 203 12 Shoulder dystocia 208 13 Uterine inversion 229 14 Uterine rupture 231 Diagrams 1.1, 1.2, 1.3 Delivery of occipito-posterior position 84–85 2.1, 2.2, 2.3 Delivery of face presentation 86–87 3.1 Normal haemoglobin composition 110 3.2.1, 3.2.2 Normal adult haemoglobins 110 3.3 Normal fetal haemoglobin 110 3.4.1, 3.4.2 Sickle cell haemoglobins 111 3.5.1, 3.5.2 Alpha thalassaemia 113 3.6.1, 3.6.2 Beta thalassaemia 114 4 Heel prick sites 118 5.1 to 5.9 Placenta types 166–170 6 Stations of the head in the pelvis 233 References 237
"... clear, concise and well-presented guide…useful references throughout…essential for the student to gain further insight." (Nursing Standard, September 2006)
Stella McKay-Moffat and Pam Lee, Faculty of Health, Edge Hill College, Ormskirk, Lancashire. Both Stella and Pam are very experienced midwives and midwifery lecturers, having taught a range of learners from pre-registration students to qualified staff.
A Pocket Guide for Student Midwives is a well structured, easy to read book offering student midwives everything they need to grasp the key elements of midwifery language, knowledge and skills. Section one includes relevant terms, abbreviations and definitions. Some of the language is colloquial in nature e.g. ‘paed.’(referring to a paediatrician) but is included to aid understanding and to encourage the use of correct terminology. Section two is a quick reference guide, enhanced by visual material to aid comprehension of normality and anomalies. The innovative action flow charts enables rapid access to information that logically guides you through procedures in potentially life threatening situations, in both home and hospital settings. To further aid learning, information is included on midwifery skills, and common obstetric, neonatal and medical conditions that the student midwife may encounter during practice. The ability to quickly refer to an overview of new incidents or conditions will enhance the student’s confidence in participating in the provision of care for the mother and baby. Additionally, the prompts for further activities and reading will offer direction to the student to build on the basics and to relate to local policies and practices, and professional issues. A Pocket Guide for Student Midwives is suitable for the new non-nurse student midwife, as it addresses the relevant basic nursing skills, the experienced nurse entering the midwifery profession and senior student midwives alike. Qualified midwives will find it useful as an ‘aide memoire’.
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