Note: In this paper midwives are referred to as females. While this term is accurate up to 1975, since the passage of the Sex Discrimination Act in that year male nurses have been eligible to apply for midwifery training.
FAMILY PLANNING IN THE PRACTICE OF MIDWIFERY IN ENGLAND AND WALES
Article first published online: 6 JAN 2011
1979 American College of Nurse Midwives
Journal of Nurse-Midwifery
Volume 24, Issue 3, pages 11–17, May-June 1979
How to Cite
Clark, S. M. (1979), FAMILY PLANNING IN THE PRACTICE OF MIDWIFERY IN ENGLAND AND WALES. Journal of Nurse-Midwifery, 24: 11–17. doi: 10.1016/0091-2182(79)90074-0
- Issue published online: 6 JAN 2011
- Article first published online: 6 JAN 2011
In England and Wales, family planning and maternity care have grown up as separate components of well-woman health care, with midwives playing only a minor role in family planning. There are interesting historical and social reasons for the separate development of these 2 services that still very much influence today's practice. Although midwives with some additional training could become efficient and economic primary family planning providers, the movement toward this end is slow. Since this article was written the decision was made to extend midwifery training in England and Wales from 12 to 18 months. Now is the ideal time to plan for the inclusion of family planning as part of basic midwifery.