This new edition of the Home Birth Practice Manual is updated, augmented, reorganized, and divided into 3 sections: clinical, structural, and contextual. The clinical section addresses the processes and tasks of home birth midwifery practice. The structural section provides information about the business elements involved in creating, managing, and sustaining a home birth practice. The contextual section provides a historical perspective and a review of the current evidence on home birth. For midwifery education programs and students, a chapter is included on home birth curriculum and clinical experience. The enhanced appendices provide sample documents that can be adapted for use in individual home birth practices.
Midwives are encouraged to use this book not only as a guide for their own practices, but also as a tool to educate and promote a better understanding of the benefits and limitations of safe home birth as a part of the total health care system in the United States.
The Home Birth Practice Manual represents a collaborative effort to make a wealth of information in a useful reference tool available for the following:
- Midwives in clinical practice
- Advanced practice nurses
- Quality improvement organizations
- Community health centers
- Licensing boards
- Hospital medical staff offices
- Health insurance companies
- Funding agencies
- Education programs in health professions, sociology, anthropology, health care economics, and administration