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Oxford Handbook of Midwifery (Oxford Handbooks in Nursing) [Flexibound]

Janet Medforth , Sue Battersby , Maggie Evans , Beverley Marsh , Angela Walker
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28 July 2011 0199584672 978-0199584673 2
Fully revised and updated to include the most up-to-date guidelines, references and resources, this new edition of the bestselling Oxford Handbook of Midwifery provides a concise and logical approach to midwifery practice in all its varied care settings.

Giving a complete picture of the role of the midwife, the handbook reflects the mother's journey through conception, pregnancy and birth to the final postnatal examination of mother and baby. This new edition includes recent advances in midwifery practice including developments in antenatal care, labour, postnatal care and infant feeding. The content is systematically structured to enable quick navigation and ensure the relevant information is at your fingertips whenever you need it.

The handbook covers the vast majority of situations encountered in the many broad and varied settings of midwifery practice, from the normal, low-risk care of the mother and neonate, through to the more complex areas of working alongside obstetric or paediatric colleagues in high-risk pregnancy and birth situations. It provides all the information you will need to assist you when participating in complex care with confidence.

With a wealth of references, recommendations, and guidance from the authors' many years of experience this handbook will help you achieve the best possible results for your patients. The fundamentals of midwifery are divided into seven main sections, covering antenatal care; normal labour and birth; complicated labour and birth; postnatal care; family planning; care of the newborn; and infant feeding. It also gives information rarely covered in standard midwifery texts, including sexual health, complementary therapies, common blood values, investigations, and midwifery emergencies. Key interventions are laid out as algorithms to aid quick assimilation of the crucial facts.

Written by practising midwives, and checked by subject experts, you can trust this handbook to have the latest and best information you need. Presented in concise and easily readable style, the book is laid out with clear headings, and key facts listed in bullet points. Pocket-sized, with sturdy plastic covers, the Oxford Handbook of Midwifery is a unique and invaluable companion for students, practising midwives, educators, and anyone who needs to understand the challenging and rewarding work of midwifery.

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  • Flexibound: 768 pages
  • Publisher: OUP Oxford; 2 edition (28 July 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0199584672
  • ISBN-13: 978-0199584673
  • Product Dimensions: 18 x 10.4 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 15,857 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This is the first pocket-sized bible for midwives that encompasses everything required in caring for a mother and baby from pre conceptual to the final examination. It is just as important as the CTG machine or other obstetric tools. Although this is a must-have book for the midwifery student, it will be of benefit to all levels of midwives and clinicians. (Nursing Times)

About the Author

Maggie Evans has 30 years experience as a midwife in various care settings and more recently as a midwifery lecturer at Sheffield university for 10 years. She is now pursuing a freelance career incorporating her interests of maternity care and complementary therapies. Susan Battersby is a Lecturer in Midwifery at the University of Sheffield. She is both a registered midwife and a registered nurse. She specialises are Infant-feeding and Sociology of Health. She has had a special interest in breastfeeding for many years and is at present reading for a PhD, looking at the conflicting paradigms within breastfeeding. She was the founder of the Sheffield infant feeding Initiative in 1989 and is still an active member of the Sheffield Breastfeeding Forum. She was the key researcher in the evaluation of four breastfeeding peer-support programmes, three of which were funded by the Department of Health. She has undertaken the La Leche League Peer Counsellor Programme Administrator Training and the BFI Breastfeeding Management Course. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Student Midwife's Review 26 Nov 2006
By Vickie
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This book is a pocket sized guide to midwifery practice!

Thorough and covering practically every topic encountered this book is a must have for all student midwives. Written by Midwives, this book offers an in depth guide to practice from a midwifery perspective. Only published in Oct 2006, the information is based on current evidence and best practice and in line with current guidelines.

An essential, one you will want to have your own copy of. If you buy one book make it this one!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
By kelly
A great book, with excellent descriptions of all things midwifery related. Covers everything from pre-contraception, antenatal, labour & delivery through to the postnatal period, including low and high risk midwifery! It is small enough to carry in your bag too! An splendid resource
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Midwives bible 6 Jun 2012
By brownie
Title: Oxford Handbook of Midwifery
Author: Janet Medforth et al
Publisher: Oxford University Press, 2nd Edition 2011
This is the first pocket sized bible for midwives that encompasses everything required in caring for a mother and baby from pre conceptual to the final examination.
It is written by midwives for midwives.

As this is pocket sized it is a must for all student and qualified midwives. It is impressive that this is written by midwives. It is written based on actual NHS guidelines, evidenced based protocols and care pathways. Written in 2006 and has been updated in 2011.
Every subject has useful websites and suggested further reading, enabling the reader to gain quick succinct information then be able to read wider into the subject at a later date.

List strengths and weaknesses:
For the midwifery student everything they will be assessed on is in here. Whatever you are looking for is in here, it is easy to read, bullet points when you have no time to read through a paragraph. It covers the high risk areas well, and as any midwife will know time is of the essence. A separate index is included at the back for emergencies, which I thought was a well thought out practical aid to the practitioner. This ranges from hypoxia and asphyxia to shoulder dystocia and eclampsia to name a few emergencies. It is amazing just how much information is included in a small book. The illustrated drawings are clear and precise.
The only weakness would be that the font is small, but if the font were bigger the book would not fit snugly into a midwives bag.
As a Patient Safety Advisor who regularly reviews incident forms, I found this book gave me further information at my finger tips.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
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This is a brilliant book!

I am a second year midwifery student and am currently using it whilst out in practice to look up what tests the woman can be offered at various points in her pregnancy. Everything I am to be assessed on is in here from antenatal to postnatal including complications as well as the 'normal'. It even covers contraception, breastfeeding and parent education.

I have dozens of midwifery books but can honestly say that this is the best one I own. I highly recommend it to both midwives and students.
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5.0 out of 5 stars big information from a little book 11 April 2012
By lizzie
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this book is simple to read. straight to the point. easy to find information.

Has good references for each section for further reading. Would recommend.

It's a good size book to take to work with you and the plastic cover is useful against spills. Enjoy.
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4.0 out of 5 stars essential handbook 14 Nov 2011
a great essential handbook for use by student midwifes and qualified midwives alike. Covers a wide range of topics whilst being compact enough to carry around in your bag. Also, much cheaper on here than other websites and bookshops.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Errors 1 Mar 2008
By Jules
This book, on the surface, appears to be very good. However, as a 3rd year student midwife and currently studying for my obstetric emergencies VIVA, I have noticed that there a errors in drug dosages e.g. page 433 which is referring to eclampsia, it states that the woman should be given a loading dose of magnesium sulphate of 4mg IV. This is a blatant error as it should be 4g. Imagine my horror to think that this book went to press with errors of this magnitude that could have an adverse effect on maternal otcomes. In my view this edition should be withdrawn from all outlets before any damage is caused as a result!!!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars I love it 10 Mar 2014
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Essential, practical, easy, complete, poket-size.... is the perfect manual for all midwives that need a quickly but complete review of all midwifery subjects. You can bring it always with you!
I definitely recommend this book! I really love it
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fab book
Fab, essential book for student midwives & midwives. This book is informative, easy to understand & essential for all aspects of practice
Published 1 month ago by MRS T MCCANN
5.0 out of 5 stars Quick, Easy, Informative
A great little book - perfect for students to take on placement - simple short snappy yet informative and gets its point across in a very efficient way
Published 4 months ago by yellow
5.0 out of 5 stars A valuable gift
I purchased this as a gift for Maternityworlwide for use by student midwives in Africa. It was a recommended text by the charity.
Published 5 months ago by Pipadilly
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Handbook
Concise and easy to read. Really informative and a deffinate must have for students or qualified midwives alike. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Sharon Miller
4.0 out of 5 stars Just what we needed
A foreign friend was due to do a course in England and didn't know all the right terminology. This helped her a lot.
Published 13 months ago by Michelle Packham
5.0 out of 5 stars EXCELLENT
A student Midwife's best friend this book is really good for everything. Theory and practical.

A must have!!! Thank you
Published 13 months ago by Sam
5.0 out of 5 stars Relevant book to midwifery degree course
Great product, content relevant and vital to the midwifery degree course.
A necessary addition to a student's tools.
Good value for money.
Published 14 months ago by Lesley
5.0 out of 5 stars Useful tool
So so useful, great tool for a student midwife especially when having to write powerpoint presentations on a specific topic! Read more
Published 15 months ago by Rebecca Veater
5.0 out of 5 stars good
very informative. Good for reading even if your pregnant and want some background information.Would recommend without a doubt. Book is a little small though.
Published 16 months ago by louise
5.0 out of 5 stars must-have
This is the most useful midwifery book I have bought so far, and it fits in my handbag! (not that big texbooks aren't useful, but this is very concise)
Published 17 months ago by TLC
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