Chapter 1. Evolution of Current Systems of Intrapartum Care

  1. Denis Walsh RM, MA, PhD Associate Professor in Midwifery1 and
  2. Soo Downe RM, BSc, PhD Professor of Midwifery Studies2
  1. Denis Walsh RM, MA, PhD Associate Professor in Midwifery

Published Online: 17 FEB 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9781444317701.ch1

Essential Midwifery Practice: Intrapartum Care

Essential Midwifery Practice: Intrapartum Care

How to Cite

Walsh, D. (2010) Evolution of Current Systems of Intrapartum Care, in Essential Midwifery Practice: Intrapartum Care (eds D. Walsh and S. Downe), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444317701.ch1

Editor Information

  1. 1

    University of Nottingham, UK

  2. 2

    Midwifery Studies Research Unit, University of Central Lancashire, UK

Author Information

  1. University of Nottingham, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 17 FEB 2010
  2. Published Print: 22 JAN 2010

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405176989

Online ISBN: 9781444317701

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Keywords:

  • intrapartum care and evolution of current systems;
  • labour care and predominant influences impacting it;
  • roles of maternity-care professionals and birth technologies - intrapartum care's recent history;
  • linking ancient Greek philosophy to current labour care practices;
  • suspicion of parturition - abetted by historical-cultural belief in western societies;
  • models of childbirth;
  • medicalisation of childbirth and regulation of midwifery profession;
  • lay midwives and traditional birth attendants - supporting childbirth, in human evolution;
  • backlash against medicalisation discourse - gathering momentum;
  • technocratic birth and natural birth - childbirth versions of a grand narrative

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction and history

  • Medicalisation of childbirth

  • Backlash

  • Models of childbirth

  • Place of birth debate

  • Contemporary challenges

  • Conclusion

  • References