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The New Midwifery
Reflections on Renaissance and Regulation
Edited by Farah M. Shroff
The New Midwifery offers a critical perspective on women's reproductive health and midwifery issues. This incisive collection of essays examines the impact of professionalization, legalization, and state involvement on women-centred care and on the perspectives of midwifery consumers. Midwives and social scientists from a variety of cultural identities, political perspectives, geographical locations, and education and training backgrounds reflect, in clear and accessible language, on the legislative processes involved in the regulation of midwifery. Given that legalization of what has, until recently, been a lay practitioners arena promises to be the wave of the future for many jurisdictions, parents-to-be, policy makers, health care workers, educators, and the general public will find The New Midwifery invaluable in learning more about the re-emerging profession.
Table of Contents
AcknowledgmentsPrefaceIntroduction: Midwifery—from Rebellion to Regulation: The Rebirth of an Ancient Calling – Farah M. ShroffSECTION I: Midwifery, Diversity and New Agreements with the StateA Path Towards Reclaiming Nishnawbe Birth Culture: Can the Midwifery Exemption Clause for Aboriginal Midwives Make a Difference? – Carol Couchie and Herbert NabigonColonized Wombs – Sapna Patel and Iman Al-JazairiExperiences of Mothers with Disabilities and Implications For the Practice of Midwifery – Pat IsraelProfessionalizing Canadian Midwifery: Sociological Perspectives – Cecilia BenoitMidwives and Safe Motherhood: International Perspectives – Carol Hird and Brian BurtchSECTION II: State Regulation of Midwifery Across CanadaBecoming Regulated: The Re-emergence of Midwifery in British Columbia – J. Alison RiceRegulation: Changing the Face of Midwifery? – Susan JamesOntario Midwifery in Transition: An Exploration of Midwives’ Perceptions of the Impact of Midwifery Legislation in its First Year – Mary SharpePrior Learning Assessment for Midwives and the TECMI-Coloured Dreamcoat – Farah M. Shroff, with Amy Hlaing and Betty Wu-LawrenceAll Petals of the Flower: Celebrating the Diversity of Ontario’s Birthing Women within the First-Year Midwifery Curriculum – Farah M. ShroffOpinions of Certified and Lay Midwives About Midwifery In Quebec: Perspectives for the Future of Their Profession – Marie Hatem-Asmar and Régis BlaisMidwifery in Atlantic Canada – Charlene MacLellanCommunity Birthing Project: Northwest Territories – Maureen Morewood-NorthropClosing Questions – Farah M. ShroffContributors
"This book is a wonderful collection of articles by those who have been instrumental in shaping the face of midwifery in this country. Questions about the benefits and drawbacks of regulation, issues important to Aboriginal women, women with disabilities, and women from diverse ethnocultural backgrounds, along with important documentation of the process of legislation throughout the country, make this collection invaluable to all those with an interest in women-centered health care."— Elaine Carty, Professor of Nursing, University of British Columbia
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