Evidence based practice is now widely accepted as a fundamental tenet of midwifery. The importance of evidence in defining midwifery policy and practice in the UK health system, and others, is acknowledged and enduring. While the development and evaluation of research in midwifery is well charted, the question of how such evidence is incorporated into practice has, to date, received less attention and discussion in the midwifery profession. Answering this need, Evidence Based Midwifery focuses on the dissemination and use of evidence for midwifery practice, and explores midwives' experiences in using the evidence base to inform policy and enhance clinical practice. Written by a highly-regarded and diverse group from the UK and international midwifery community, Evidence Based Midwifery addresses issues of relevance to all midwives whether clinical practitioners or educators, students or supervisors, researchers or managers. Issues that influence evidence based midwifery are discussed, and topics covered include problem based learning, implementation of evidence based guidelines and the involvement of service users.*
Edited by founder members of the Evidence Based Midwifery Network* International collaboration with contributions from the UK, Greece, Canada and the Netherlands* Primary focus on the incorporation of evidence into midwifery practice* Real-life examples throughout
The Rationale for a Book about Evidence Based Midwifery Notes on the Contributors Acknowledgements 1. The Nature and Use of Evidence in Midwifery Care (Jane Munro and Helen Spiby). 2. The Development of Evidence Based Midwifery in the Netherlands The Journey from Midwifery Knowledge to Midwifery Research to Midwifery Standards of Practice (Marianne P. Amelink-Verburg, Kathy C. Herschderfer, Pien M. Offerhaus and Simone E. Buitendijk). 3. Vaginal Birth After Caesarean (VBAC) Is there a Link Between the VBAC Decline since the Second Half of the 1990s and Scientific Studies on the Risks of VBAC? (Helene Vadeboncoeur). 4. Midwives and Maternity Services in Greece - Historical Context and Current Challenges ( Olga Arvanitidou). 5. Reflections on Running an Evidence Course ( Denis Walsh). 6. Evidence Based Practice and Problem Based Learning - a Natural Alliance? ( Fiona MacVane Phipps). 7. Supervision of Midwifery and Evidence Based Practice (Carol Paeglis). 8. Is There Enough Evidence to Meet the Expectations of a Changing Midwifery Agenda? ( Tina Lavender). 9. Guidelines and the Consultant Midwife The Challenges of the Interdisciplinary Guideline Group (Helen Shallow). 10. Unpicking the Rhetoric of Midwifery Practice (Marianne Mead). 11. The Potential of Service User Groups to Support Evidence Based Midwifery (Belinda Phipps and Gillian Fletcher). 12. Evidence Based Midwifery Current Status and Future Priorities (Helen Spiby and Jane Munro). Appendix Writing Midwifery Evidence (Marlene Sinclair). Index.