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The Albany Midwifery Practice

Becky Reed and Cathy Walton

in Birth Models That Work

Published by University of California Press

Published in print April 2009 | ISBN: 9780520248632
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520943339 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520248632.003.0006
The Albany Midwifery Practice

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This chapter narrates the story of the Albany Midwifery Practice (AMP). The challenge was to prove that the AMP model was effective and improved outcomes for women and babies in order for it to become accepted within mainstream midwifery practice. The chapter discusses whether the excellent statistics associated with independent midwifery in the United Kingdom could be maintained when the same model of care addressed the issues of inner-city deprivation and inequalities in health, and, moreover, deals with Birth Talk explaining natural endorphin production. It also draws comparison between the normal pain of a normal labor and the abnormal pain of a dystocic labor. An evaluation of the AMP undertaken concludes that the aims and objectives of the AMP are being met, and that the practice is providing a form of maternity care which women feel positive about, as well as producing good clinical outcomes.

Keywords: Albany Midwifery Practice; Birth Talk; maternity care; clinical outcomes; endorphin production

Chapter.  6991 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Medical Anthropology

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