The Midwife and the Bereaved Family
This book is based on women’s experiences and has been written for midwives, by a midwife. The chapters follow a chronological pattern from early pregnancy loss through to late pregnancy loss. The chapter on subsequent pregnancy is useful as a guide for the midwife who will be caring for that woman and her family.
Nothing is overlooked in this book as the appendices give helpful hints and strategies for looking after yourself, men partners, children and grandparents. So often these groups are forgotten in texts and the focus is always on the woman. The cultural section provides an overview of some of the mores and rules of particular cultural and religious groups and will be very helpful to guide care in a sensitive way.
The inclusion of research articles and recommended reading will give midwives the opportunity to read in more depth areas that appeal and are prominent in their practice. The checklists provide an easy reference to ensure best practice while maintaining an empathy for the woman and her family. There are some arguable points in the text that will challenge midwives’ thinking and practice.
This book is an extension of the work already begun by Jane and builds on her first two books Pregnancy After Loss and Our Baby Died. Jane is to be congratulated for putting her thoughts, the experiences of others, and research together to produce a book that is easy to read and full of hints to care for the woman and her family who birth a dead baby. Contributing to the literature on this difficult topic is commendable.
- Early pregnancy loss
- Mid trimester loss
- Late pregnancy loss
- Loss in a multiple pregnancy
- Subsequent pregnancy
- Looking after yourself and burnout
- Men and male behaviour
- Children and grief
- Cultural and religious considerations