Chapter 4. Birth Environment

  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.ch4

Essential Midwifery Practice: Intrapartum Care

Essential Midwifery Practice: Intrapartum Care

How to Cite

Walsh, D. (2010) Birth Environment, in Essential Midwifery Practice: Intrapartum Care (eds D. Walsh and S. Downe), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444317701.ch4

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:

  • birth environment;
  • context and culture of differing settings and impact on birthing process;
  • labour and interpersonal relationships;
  • midwives arguement, on continuous support in labour - as genuinely being ‘with the woman’;
  • continuous support in labour - better patient experience and better care;
  • midwife role as lead carer and midwifery-led services - superior to obstetric-led models;
  • place of birth choices - birth environment, human nesting and mother and baby safety;
  • behaviour, values and beliefs of women and midwives in a FSBC;
  • nesting activity - safer place for offsprings, once born;
  • birth environment - powerfully shaping birth experience of women and carers

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • Labour and interpersonal relationships

  • Attitudes and beliefs

  • Redefining safety – human nesting

  • Components of nesting

  • ‘Mother-like’ care

  • Sketching matrescence

  • Conclusion

  • References