Chapter 7. Midwifery Presence: Philosophy, Science and Art

  1. Denis Walsh RM, MA, PhD Associate Professor in Midwifery4 and
  2. Soo Downe RM, BSc, PhD Professor of Midwifery Studies5
  1. Holly Powell Kennedy Professor1,
  2. Tricia Anderson Former Senior Lecturer2 and
  3. Nicky Leap Professor3

Published Online: 17 FEB 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9781444317701.ch7

Essential Midwifery Practice: Intrapartum Care

Essential Midwifery Practice: Intrapartum Care

How to Cite

Kennedy, H. P., Anderson, T. and Leap, N. (2010) Midwifery Presence: Philosophy, Science and Art, in Essential Midwifery Practice: Intrapartum Care (eds D. Walsh and S. Downe), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444317701.ch7

Editor Information

  1. 4

    University of Nottingham, UK

  2. 5

    Midwifery Studies Research Unit, University of Central Lancashire, UK

Author Information

  1. 1

    Yale University, USA

  2. 2

    Bournemouth University, UK

  3. 3

    Centre of Midwifery, Child & Family Health, University of Technology Sydney, Australia

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:

  • midwifery presence - philosophy, science and art;
  • American College of Nurse-Midwives (ACNM) and philosophy of midwifery;
  • philosophical view of midwifery presence;
  • childbirth, significant junction in woman's life - bringing forth new born into the world;
  • experience of lived time - understanding the present from knowledge of the past;
  • scientific evidence for midwifery presence and continuous support during childbirth;
  • ‘art’of midwifery practice -‘orchestration’ and ‘dancing’ within health care setting;
  • labour being hard, and often long - for both woman and midwife;
  • power of ‘presence’ in birthing process and being open to other realities

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • A philosophical view of midwifery presence

  • The scientific evidence for midwifery presence

  • The art of midwifery presence

  • Conclusion

  • Notes

  • References