My Body, My Baby

by Midwives for Women

by Janelle McAlpine

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Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 16/07/2018

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 8.5x11
Page Count : 244
ISBN : 9781504313483

About the Book

As midwives, it is our duty and responsibility to provide quality education and care for women through their entire birthing experience. It is a vital aspect of what we do, but at times, it can be very challenging providing this education. What has been provided for you here is basically what every midwife wished you knew when you walked in the door. While we cannot always give you this information in person, it is here as a guide for you to educate yourselves about anything and just about everything to do with pregnancy, labor, birth, and the next few days. Evidence-based practice and woman-centered care are the founding principles of midwifery practice. The information provided in My Body, My Baby reflects the most up-to-date research and evidence about any particular aspect of your journey at the time of publication. This is important, no doubt. But what is more important is how we use this evidence in our practice and how you use this information to educate yourself. A woman who has done her homework and knows to ask her questions and who knows her rights and the meaning of informed decisions and consent—those are the women that enable us, as midwives, to provide truly woman-centered care. Standing with a woman and developing trust and backing her up when she’s vulnerable are so much more effective when she has an idea of what she does and doesn’t want for herself and her baby, and in this case, the saying is so true. Knowledge is power. Please use this information to make sure that even in your most vulnerable state, you are working from a position of power. After all, it is your body and your baby.

About the Author

Janelle McAlpine is a PhD candidate with Griffith University and holds a Master of Medical research in addition to undergraduate degrees in Midwifery and Human Bio science. She is a registered midwife with current clinical experience across the entire pregnancy, birthing and postnatal experience. In this book she brings together a unique combination of midwifery and motherhood - knowledge based on personal experience, evidence and practice. Knowledge that she, as a mother, would want for her children. After working in both urban and remote Australian locations, Janelle now lives in Brisbane with her partner. She is the mother of three adult children, each of whom makes her proud every day, and each of whom will enter parenthood better prepared than she when they were born.