With contributions from a range of leading international authors, this 'stop and make you think' book explores the many contemporary issues surrounding emotion work in reproductive healthcare. The editors, forerunners in their field, have brought together both theoretical and clinical aspects to challenge readers to consider the significance of this important topic in their day-to-day work.
Using examples of maternity care and infertility settings from the UK and beyond, and with an emphasis on personal reflection throughout, the book explores the subjects of:
• Emotional well-being
• Client-practitioner relationships
• Breast feeding
Emotions in Midwifery and Reproduction underlines the importance of emotions and how they are managed, experienced and negotiated in clinical settings, addressing issues that are frequently overlooked in the drive for efficiency and effectiveness in the health service. It is stimulating reading for all midwifery and nursing students and practitioners looking to understand their patients' and their own emotional needs.
BILLIE HUNTER is Professor of Midwifery at Swansea University, UK. She has published widely and is a regular conference speaker. She is the Chair of the Iolanthe Midwifery Trust.
RUTH DEERY is Reader in Midwifery at the University of Huddersfield. Her research focuses on the maternity services and women's health, with particular interests in service change, public policy and women's experiences of childbirth and midwives' experiences of the organisation of maternity care.
This is a book that deserves to be read from cover to cover. Its 'political' message is clear: 'care for childbearing women is one example of larger cultural struggles over interpretations of human needs' - New Digest, NCT Professional Magazine
Table of Contents
|List of Tables and Figures||vii|
|Preface: Emotional Labour – What Do We Know and What Do We Need to Find Out?||x|
|Notes on the Contributors||xviii|
|Part I: Emotion Work in Maternity Care||15|
|1 Relationship and Reciprocity in Caseload Midwifery||17|
|2 Women’s Emotion Work in the Context of Current Maternity Services||36|
|3 Epidurals not Emotions: the Care Deficit in US Maternity Care||56|
|4 Community Midwifery ‘Performances’ and the Presentation of Self||73|
|5 ‘No time to care’: Midwifery Work on Postnatal Wards in England||90|
|6 Midwives, Infant Feeding and Emotional Turmoil||105|
|Part II: Emotion Work and Infertility||123|
|7 Motherhood Following Successful Infertility Treatment||125|
|8 Midwives’ Experiences of Personal Pregnancy-related Loss||140|
|9 An Uncertain Future: Infertility and Chlamydial Infection||157|
|Part III: Developing Emotional Awareness in Health Care Practitioners||173|
|10 ‘Mixed Messages’: Midwives’ Experiences of Managing Emotion||175|
|11 Inner Knowing and Emotions in the Midwife–Woman Relationship||192|
|12 Peeling Onions: Using Drama to Explore Emotion||210|
|Part IV: Weaving It All Together||225|
|13 Emotion Work around Reproduction: Supportive or Constraining?||227|