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Sociology for Midwives


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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 Letherby

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Ruth Deery is Professor of Maternal Health at the University ofWest of Scotland and NHS Ayrshire & Arran Elaine Denny is Emeritus Professor of Health Sociology atBirmingham City University Gayle Letherby is Professor of Sociology and Director of theInstitute of Health and Community at Plymouth University


"What is the point of sociology for midwives and midwifery? Asociological perspective can give us a different understanding ofreproduction and maternity care. It can help us challenge our common sense assumptions about how people and theworld tick. This new book provides midwives and midwifery studentswith a readable comprehensive and up to date review of the field ofsociology applied to reproduction and maternity care. The editorsbring together a very impressive amount of material and present itin an accessible and clear way. Their facility for handling complextheoretical and detailed empirical material isadmirable." Jane Sandall, King s College London "The editors and authors of this fine volume have produced awonderful introduction to the value of a sociological imaginationin the practice of midwifery." Barbara Katz Rothman, City University of New York "The authors set out to stimulate the sociologicalimagination of their readers. The combination of theoreticalanalysis and application of sociological theory to specificpractice situations provides extensive opportunities for this totake place. Readers who are new to the sociology of maternity carewill find ample material to excite and engage them. Those whoalready have dipped into this vast and fascinating field will findnew applications, angles and perspectives that can cast a freshlight on why we do what we do in maternity care, and that providepossible routes for positive change in the future." Soo Downe, University of Central Lancashire

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