Midwifery supervision and home birth against conventional advice

Carr, N.J. (2008) Midwifery supervision and home birth against conventional advice. British Journal of Midwifery, 16 (11). pp. 743-745. ISSN 09694900 (ISSN)

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Statutory supervision of midwives has evolved and developed as a means to support midwives in their practice and it protects the public by promoting best practice, preventing poor practices and promoting normality in childbirth. As midwifery practice becomes increasingly women focused, it presents midwives with more challenges, one being how to deal with a women requesting a home birth against advice. With the support of statutory supervision a midwife should be able to facilitate women-centred care and empower women to choose and make informed choices regarding home birth, a respected reality even if choices made may in theory not be the safest option. This article explores the role of the supervisor and midwife in facilitating home births against advice by considering the legal and ethical perspectives, record keeping, accountability, responsibility, reflection and the need for modern supervision to be proactive.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: B700 Nursing
Divisions: UoA Collections > REF2021 UoA 03: Allied Health Professions, Dentistry, Nursing & Pharmacy
Faculty of Health, Education and Life Sciences > School of Nursing and Midwifery
Depositing User: Yasser Nawaz
Date Deposited: 25 Feb 2017 15:52
Last Modified: 25 Feb 2017 15:52
URI: http://www.open-access.bcu.ac.uk/id/eprint/2378

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