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Elsevier Health Sciences
The Art and Soul of Midwifery: Creativity in Practice, Education and Research

The Art and Soul of Midwifery: Creativity in Practice, Education and Research


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This title is directed primarily towards health care professionals outside of the United States. How does the midwife begin to bridge the divide between technician and nurturer? Midwifery claims to be a profession that combines both art and science, yet it is currently more ‘science' than ‘art' This title provides relevant theory and practical tools to enable midwives to begin to bridge this divide and explore alternative ways of thinking and being. The majority of the writers are midwives and midwife teachers who have spent several years exploring these issues in theory and practice, frequently from a unique perspective. This title is intended for markets outside the United States.

• Offers a critical exploration of the use of creative arts in midwifery education and practice
• Colour photographs illustrate midwifery-related art
• Promotes the potential of the aesthetic to facilitate the transcendental journey from womanhood to motherhood through pregnancy and childbirth
• Enables the midwife to become a truly holistic practitioner by exploring alternative ways of thinking and being

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780443101922
Publisher: Elsevier Health Sciences
Publication date: 04/06/2007
Pages: 264
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

1 Introduction
2 The Last Taboo: Representations of Childbearing in Art Form
3 Birth Art as a Timeless Avenue to a Soulful Birth
4 The Delivery of Art in a Maternity Hospital
5 Weaving the Fabric of Life: Women, Birth and Craft.
6 Six Poetry and childbirth: "A light by which we may see”: From technician to midwife
7 How Do They See Us? Portrayals of Childbirth and the Role of the Midwife in Literature
8 Blue Moons and Wise Hands: Birth Knowledge and Stories of Mindful Midwifery
9 Looking at Ourselves: Using Theatre to Examine Structures Around Birth
10 The Rhythm of Life: Music and Childbirth
11 Dancing Birth: Choreography and Improvisation
12 A Soulful Journey :Creativity and Midwife Educators
13 Feeling the Fear and Doing it Regardless!
14 Creativity, Spirituality and Birth

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