Mothers and Midwives : The Ethical Journey

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2004-01-15
  • Publisher: SAUNDERS W B CO

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This U.K. book is written by Faye Thompson, who has thirty years experience as a midwife and educator. She studied philosophy and the humanities as an undergraduate in Australia, and now lectures on health care ethics. As a feminist, she seeks to reunite morality and personal interest so that the woman is not subordinated in women's health and childbirth practices. From this experience, she offers a framework of ethics specific to midwifery and derived from midwifery practice that takes ethical discourse beyond current literature, proposing strategies for ethical practice based on findings arising out of the profession itself.

Author Biography

Faye E Thompson PhD MNSt DipApSc(Nr Ed) BA EM RN FRCNA has thirty years' experience as a midwife and educator

Table of Contents

Forewordp. vi
Introductionp. 1
The need for a midwifery ethic of practicep. 5
On the sealed highway--mainstream ethics, medicalisation and midwiferyp. 11
The false trail--a critique of bioethics and the problem-solving approach for midwifery ethicsp. 25
Midwifery's detour through nursing ethics--a critique of professional codes and influences that shape the midwifery ethics discoursep. 41
Off the beaten track--feminist virtue ethics and midwiferyp. 59
A conducted tour or independent travel? Examining underlying assumptions and valuesp. 75
Facing obstacles along the way--mothers' and midwives' narratives of unethical childbirth practicesp. 85
Going to a comfortable place--the ethical voice of mothers and midwivesp. 101
Checking our course--values and philosophical foundations of the midwifery professionp. 131
Plotting our practice--values and philosophical foundations of the birthing environmentp. 147
The discourse of other travellers--literature on women's experiencesp. 155
Mapping a new ethic for midwives--from 'Practice Estate' to the pool and back, now a return journey travelled in tandemp. 167
Conclusionp. 173
Glossary of terms and context of analysisp. 175
Indexp. 181
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