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Module HECS 2189 Reading List

Midwifery Theory and Practice 1, 2021/22, Semester 1
Natalie Van der Gucht
Tutor information is taken from the Module Catalogue

Essential reading

Blackburn, S. 2017. Maternal, fetal and neonatal physiology: a clinical perspective. 5th Ed. Maryland: WB Saunders. 

Bothamley J. and Boyle, M. 2009. Medical conditions affecting pregnancy and childbirth. Oxford: Radcliffe Publishing.

Bowling, A. 2014. Research methods in health: Investigating health and health services. 4th Ed. Maidenhead: Open University Press.

Briggs, G. 2017. Drugs in pregnancy and lactation: a reference guide to fetal and neonatal risk. 11th Ed. London: Lippincott, Williams and Wilkins.

Chapman, V. and Charles, C. 2018. The midwife's labour and birth handbook. 4th Ed. Chichester: John Wiley and Sons. 

Coad, J. and Dunstall, M. 2011. Anatomy and Physiology for Midwives. 3rd Ed. Edinburgh: Churchill Livingstone.

Jacobson, K. Introduction to Health Research Methods: A practical guide. 2021. Burlington: Jones and Bartlett.

Johnson, R. and Taylor, W. 2011. Skills for Midwifery Practice. 3rd Ed. Edinburgh: Churchill Livingstone.  

Jordan, S. 2010. Pharmacology for midwives: the evidence base for safe practice. New York: Palgrave Publishers Ltd

Leap, N. and Hunter, B. 2016. Supporting women for labour and birth: a thoughtful guide ISBN: 9781317390992 (e-book). Routledge

Marshall, J. and Raynor, M. 2020. Myles textbook for midwives 17th Ed. London. Elsevier. 

National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence. 2014. Intrapartum Care: care of healthy women and their babies during childbirth. NICE. Available from

Rankin, J. 2017. Physiology in Childbearing. 4th Edition. London. Elsevier. 

Robson, S. and Waugh, J. 2013. Medical disorders in pregnancy: a manual for midwives 2nd Ed. Chichester: Blackwell. 

Wylie, L. and Brice, H. 2016. The midwives' guide to key medical conditions: pregnancy and childbirth. Edinburgh: Churchill Livingstone Elsevier. 

Papers used during module sessions:

Individual recommendations will also be given prior to specific sessions

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Byrom, S. and Downe, S. 2015 The roar behind the silence: why kindness, compassion and respect matter in maternity care. London: Pinter and Martin

Byrom, S. and Downe, S. 2019. Squaring the circle: normal birth research, theory and practice in a technological age. London: Pinter and Martin.

Davies, L. & McDonald, S. 2008. Examination of the newborn and neonatal health: a multidimensional approach . Edinburgh: Churchill Livingstone Elsevier.

Kirkham, M. 2003. Birth centres: a social model for maternity care . London: Books for Midwives.

Liu, D. 2007. Labour ward manual. 4th ed. Edinburgh: Churchill Livingstone.

Lobiondo-Wood, G. & Haber, J. 2010. Nursing research: methods and critical appraisal for evidence-based practice . 7th Ed. St. Louis: Mosby Elsevier.

Lomax, L. 2015. Examination of the Newborn. Chichester: John Wiley and Sons.  

Lewis, L. 2015. Fundamentals of midwifery: a textbook for students. Chichester: John Wiley and Sons

National Maternity Review. 2016. Better Births: improving outcomes of maternity service in England

Palmer, G. 2009. The politics of breastfeeding. 3rd edition.

Powell, C. 2016. Safeguarding and child protection for nurses, midwives and health visitors a practical guide. 2nd Ed. Oxford: Open University Press.

Rayner, M., Marshall, J. and Sullivan, A.  2005. Decision making in midwifery practice London: Churchill Livingstone.

Renfrew M, McFadden A, Bastos M H et al (2014) Midwifery and quality care: findings from a new evidence-informed framework for maternal and newborn care. Lancet 384, 1129-1145

Riorden, J. Ed. 2010. Breastfeeding and human lactation. Sudbury Mass: Jones and Bartlett.

Royal College of Midwives. 2018. Midwifery care in labour guidance for all women in all settings. RCM Blue-Top Guidance. 

Standing, M. 2010. Clinical judgement and decision making in nursing and interprofessional healthcare. England. Open University Press.

Steen, M. (Ed). 2012. Supporting women to give birth at home: a practical guide for midwives. London: Routledge & Taylor and Francis.

Taylor, B.J., 2006. Reflective practice: a guide for nurses and midwives. 2nd Ed., Maidenhead. Open University Press.

Walsh, D. 2011. Evidence and skills for normal labour and birth: a guide for midwives. 2nd Ed. London: Routledge.

This list was last updated on 14/07/2021