This second edition of a groundbreaking book is substantially revised to deliver the foundation for an evidence-based model for best practices in midwifery a model critical to raising the United States current standing as the bottom-ranking country for maternity mortality among developed nations. With a focus on updated scientific evidence as the framework for midwifery practice, the book includes 21 completely new chapters that address both continuing and new areas of practice, the impact of institutional and national policies, and the effects of diversity and globalization. Incorporating the midwifery model of care, the book provides strategies for change and guidance for implementing evidence-based best practices.The book examines midwifery efforts to improve the health of women and children in the U.S., for example, Strong Start, US MERA, Centering Pregnancy, a focus on physiologic birth, and successful global endeavors. It encompasses a diverse nationwide authorship that includes leaders in midwifery, academicians, midwives representing diversity, hospital- and community-based practitioners, and policymakers. This coalition of authors from diverse backgrounds facilitates an engaging and robust discussion around best practices. Chapters open with a contemporary review of the literature, a comparison of current (often scientifically unsubstantiated and ineffective) practices, evidence-based recommendations, and best practices for midwifery.Key Features:Focuses on scientific evidence as the framework for midwifery practiceAddresses continuing and new, controversial areas of practice with strategies and guidelines for changeIncludes 20 out of 27 completely new chaptersAuthored by a diverse group of 44 prominent midwifery leadersExamines practices that are in conflict with scientific evidence
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Barbara A. Anderson, CNM, DrPH, MPH, MS, FACNM, FAAN, was lead editor of the first edition of Best Practices in Midwifery: Using the Evidence to Implement Change and now has led the initiative to broaden the scope of this work in the second edition. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of the American College of Nurse-Midwives. She has had a long career in nursing and public health, field-based teaching, mentorship, program planning, curriculum development and academic administration. She is lead editor of DNP Capstone Projects: Exemplars of Excellence in Practice (2015). She is coeditor of the award-winning text Caring for the Vulnerable: Perspectives in Nursing Theory, Research, and Practice (2008, 2012, 2016). Dr. Anderson currently serves as a journal referee for Social Science and Medicine. She has served as chair of the Population, Reproductive, and Sexual Health section of the American Public Health Association. She led the urban initiative in California that won the Safe Motherhood Initiative-USA Model Program award. Dr. Anderson has been a program consultant in midwifery, public health and nursing in Africa, Asia and Latin America and has prepared nurses, midwives, and physicians in public health and the midwifery model of care in over 100 countries. She began her career as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Ethiopia, writing a textbook on maternal health for Ethiopian nursing students.Judith P. Rooks, CNM, MPH, MS, FACNM, is Past President of the American College of Nurse-Midwives. As a nurse-midwife and epidemiologist, she has many years of service with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. She was Principal Investigator of major studies published in professional journals including the New England Journal of Medicine and JAMA. She has been a consultant to family planning and midwifery programs globally and served in the Office of the U.S. Surgeon General. She has authored more than 100 published papers and is author of Midwifery & Childbirth in America (2007). In 1993 she received the American Public Health Association's Award for outstanding service to the health of mothers and babies. She is currently involved in work related to the safety and risks of home births in the United States. Although retired, she continues to work on behalf of mothers, babies and midwives.Rebeca Barroso, CNM, APRN, MSN, DNP, is Assistant Professor, Midwifery, Frontier Nursing University and practices full-scope midwifery at HealthEast Care, Saint Paul, MN, serving low-income national and international clientele at Seton Catholic Charities Clinic. She has extensive background in clinical midwifery and women's health, working with vulnerable women experiencing health disparities from multiple cultural backgrounds. She has been in continuous full-scope CNM practice for over 20 years. She is a preceptor and coordinates clinical education for CNM, WHNP and FNP students, chairing the Education Committee of the institution. She is a course faculty and mentors midwifery and DNP students at Frontier Nursing University. She is co-editor of DNP Capstone Projects: Exemplars of Excellence in Practice (2015). Dr. Barroso won the 2011 W. Newton Award from the American College of Nurse-Midwives and is active in the American College of Nurse-Midwives and the Minnesota Advance Practice.
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