The value of classic information

medium_111515924This post is about the Midwifery: Best Practice series, which I edited from 2002 to 2008. You can see the books on my Books page.

The books were commissioned by a brilliant woman who worked for Elsevier, Mary Seager, and we created five volumes in total. And to answer the question I am most commonly asked about them, they all contain completely different material and are not updates of the same book!

I was their editor; about 90% of the articles in these books were originally published in midwifery journals. The rest were original, and a few were edited by my to make sense in a different format.

These articles were grouped into themes and supplemented with extra material written especially for these volumes. Each contained core sections relating to women and midwives, pregnancy, labour and birth, the postnatal / neonatal period and a lovely varied collection of articles under the heading of ‘stories and reflection’.

The ‘stories and reflection’ section was always my favourite section to put together. Although creating the entire series was fun, if also domestically disruptive. It tended to involve me covering the floor of my office and often also the living room with open copies of a year or two’s worth of journals as I decided which articles we would include and how they would fit together!

The books were aimed mainly at student and qualified midwives, but I’ve been fascinated and delighted to discover recently that these books are now also being used by aspiring midwives and other birth workers who want to gain a broad understanding of various issues relating to midwifery practice.

But I know that it’s not easy to find the chapter / topics lists online, so in answer to one of the questions I’m most often asked, here’s a quick overview:

  • Each volume contains core collections of articles relating to the broad topics of (1) women, midwives and choice, (2) pregnancy, (3) labour and birth, (4) the postnatal experience and (5) stories and reflection (although the titles of those sections do vary slightly throughout the series).  The additional sections are as follows:

Although I would always urge people to ensure that they are reading up-to-date information re evidence, some of these books – and others published in the same era – contain some really classic information about midwifery and birth. So if you can find them, I’d urge you to check them out!

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1 comment for “The value of classic information

  1. Carol Dunlop
    January 22, 2015 at 1:31 pm

    Hi Sara,I totally agree. I did some papers around adult teaching, and was very surprised that the literature used to support educational theory was so old. After some thought though, it was apparent that these were key ideas – they may have been subsequently developed by others, but generally educational theory acknowledged these forward thinkers, often the first to think outside the dominant paradigm. I see absolutely no reason to throw the baby out with the bath water in terms of midwifery, just because information is not ‘new’. Midwifery is not new, either, and that engrained knowledge is valuable, and our heritage to pass to others,
    Cheers, Carol

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