Sociology for Midwives

Sociology for Midwives

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The study of sociology is now an essential part of all midwifery training, but it can often seem removed from the reality of midwifery practice. Midwives often ask: what is sociology? Why do I need sociology to be a midwife? How can sociology help improve my clinical practice? This major new textbook answers these important questions and shows how sociology can inform the practice of midwifery in the twenty-first century. It provides a comprehensive, jargon-free introduction to sociology for midwifery students with no prior knowledge of the subject, as well as practising midwives with experience of dealing with sociological issues in their daily work. Although the book assumes little or no previous knowledge of sociology it provides enough depth to meet the needs of those with some background in the field. At every stage the links between sociology and everyday practice are emphasised and explained, using a wealth of case studies and examples. The book provides: * Clearly defined learning aims and objectives * Structured activities and questions for discussion * A glossary of key sociological concepts * Annotated suggestions for further reading The editors and contributors have considerable experience teaching sociology at diploma, undergraduate and postgraduate levels to students from many different disciplines. This book will be an indispensable teaching aid within midwifery education, and other relevant health and social care disciplines.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 316 pages
  • 173 x 245 x 21mm | 583.99g
  • Polity Press
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Annotated
  • 1. Auflage
  • 0745662811
  • 9780745662817
  • 569,122

Review quote

"What is the point of sociology for midwives and midwifery? A sociological perspective can give us a different understanding of reproduction and maternity care. It can help us challenge our common sense assumptions about how people and the world tick. This new book provides midwives and midwifery students with a readable comprehensive and up to date review of the field of sociology applied to reproduction and maternity care. The editors bring together a very impressive amount of material and present it in an accessible and clear way. Their facility for handling complex theoretical and detailed empirical material is admirable." Jane Sandall, King s College London "The editors and authors of this fine volume have produced a wonderful introduction to the value of a sociological imagination in the practice of midwifery." Barbara Katz Rothman, City University of New York "The authors set out to stimulate the sociological imagination of their readers. The combination of theoretical analysis and application of sociological theory to specific practice situations provides extensive opportunities for this to take place. Readers who are new to the sociology of maternity care will find ample material to excite and engage them. Those who already have dipped into this vast and fascinating field will find new applications, angles and perspectives that can cast a fresh light on why we do what we do in maternity care, and that provide possible routes for positive change in the future." Soo Downe, University of Central Lancashireshow more

About Ruth Deery

Ruth Deery is Professor of Maternal Health at the University of West of Scotland and NHS Ayrshire & Arran Elaine Denny is Emeritus Professor of Health Sociology at Birmingham City University Gayle Letherby is Professor of Sociology and Director of the Institute of Health and Community at Plymouth Universityshow more

Table of contents

Introduction Ruth Deery, Elaine Denny and Gayle Letherby Part 1: Midwifery and the importance of sociology 1 Sociology for Midwives Sarah Earle and Sarah Church 2 Sociology of Midwifery Edwin van Teijlingen 3 Methods, Methodology and Epistemology Gayle Letherby 4 Why Policy Matters Alistair Hewison Part 2: Key Issues and Concerns 5 Emotion Work and Midwifery Ruth Deery and Pamela Fisher 6 Long Term Conditions and Disability Elaine Denny 7 Meanings and Experiences of Risk in Midwifery Jayne Samples and Bob Heyman 8 Midwives and Loss Deborah Davidson 9 Fertility and Reproductive Technologies Lorraine Culley and Nicky Hudson Part 3: Debates and Controversies 10 Marginality and Social Exclusion Jo Murphy Lawless and Nadine Edwards 11 Infant and Young Child Feeding: culture and context Fiona Dykes 12 Commodification around Birth Mavis Kirkham 13 Mental Health and Illness Carol Kingdon 14 Sustainability and Midwifery Practice Lorna Davies Conclusion Ruth Deery, Elaine Denny and Gayle Letherbyshow more

Review Text

"What is the point of sociology for midwives and midwifery? A sociological perspective can give us a different understanding of reproduction and maternity care. It can help us challenge our 'common sense' assumptions about how people and the world tick. This new book provides midwives and midwifery students with a readable comprehensive and up to date review of the field of sociology applied to reproduction and maternity care. The editors bring together a very impressive amount of material and present it in an accessible and clear way. Their facility for handling complex theoretical and detailed empirical material is admirable." Jane Sandall, King's College London "The editors and authors of this fine volume have produced a wonderful introduction to the value of a sociological imagination in the practice of midwifery." Barbara Katz Rothman, City University of New York "The authors set out to 'stimulate the sociological imagination' of their readers. The combination of theoretical analysis and application of sociological theory to specific practice situations provides extensive opportunities for this to take place. Readers who are new to the sociology of maternity care will find ample material to excite and engage them. Those who already have dipped into this vast and fascinating field will find new applications, angles and perspectives that can cast a fresh light on why we do what we do in maternity care, and that provide possible routes for positive change in the future." Soo Downe, University of Central Lancashireshow more