Law and Ethics for Midwifery
Routledge – 2014 – 240 pages
Legal and ethical competence is a cornerstone of professional midwifery practice and an essential part of midwifery training. This is a unique and practical resource for student midwives
Written by an experienced midwifery lecturer, this text draws on a wide variety of real life case studies and focuses particularly on the core areas of accountability, autonomy and advocacy. Opening with two chapters providing overviews respectively of ethical theories and legislation, the book is then arranged thematically. These chapters have a common structure which includes case studies, relevant legislation, reflective activities and a summary, and they run across areas of concern from negligence through safeguarding to record-keeping.
Grounded in midwifery practice, the text enables student midwives to consider and prepare for ethical and legal dilemmas they may face as midwives in clinical practice.
1. Introduction to Law and Ethics 2. Ethical Theory and Dilemmas 3. Introduction to English Law and the English Legal System 4. The Legislative Framework for Midwifery: Regulation, Registration, Education and Supervision 5. Legal and Ethical Frameworks: Human, Healthcare and Maternity Rights 6. Record Keeping 7. Consent and Refusal 8. Midwives, Medicines and the Law 9. Safeguarding: Vulnerable Women and Babies 10. Birth Environment 11. Episiotomy 12. Caesarean Section 13. Surrogacy 14. Abortion 15. Complementary Therapies 16. Complaints and Whistleblowing 17. Accountability, Professional Malpractice and Negligence in Maternity Services 18. Research Ethics Appendix
Elinor Clark is Senior Lecturer in Midwifery at Coventry University, UK. She has been teaching law and ethics to student midwives for sixteen years and has served as an elected member of council of the Royal College of Midwives (RCM).