Title: The student’s guide to becoming a midwife, second edition
Author: Peate I, and Hamilton C
Publisher: Wiley Blackwell
Reviewer: Paul Watson, head of child development, Marshland High School.
What was it like?
The Student’s Guide to Becoming a Midwife claims to be essential reading for all student midwives. This guide has now been updated to include the latest 2012 NMC Midwifery Rules and Standards and a brand new chapter on the midwife and public health. The authors of the book claim that it is a comprehensive resource, providing a wide range of need–to–know information for student midwives, including: effective communication and documentation confidentiality interdisciplinary working, The fundamentals of antenatal, intrapartum, and postnatal care, assessment and examination of the new–born baby, medicines, public health, clinical decision–making and evidence–based practice. I believe that the book is able to substantiate its claim of being such a comprehensive resource.
What were the highlights?
Typical of “Wiley Blackwell”, I always find that they produce great texts for professionals or those hoping to become professionals, and this book is no exception. An easy to use and read book, that provides lots of opportunities for learning with tables, charts and sketches. It provides an easy to use contents page and index along with a fantastic glossary, that anyone should be able to find the information they require.
Strengths & weaknesses:
This book is full of case studies, words of wisdom from current midwives and a range of activities and self–test questions throughout (with answers provided at the back of the book), making it easy to learn and understand key concepts. However I would have liked to see more visual aids, for example why not include a picture of “Mongolian blue spot” instead of just describing it? (Page 168).
Who should read it?
The Student’s Guide to Becoming a Midwife is the ideal companion for student midwifes throughout their course, although I believe that any students or practitioners likely to have anything to do with pregnancy or infants would benefit from this book.