This new edition outlines how sustainability can be incorporated into midwifery practice, education and research. It has been thoroughly revised to include new models of sustainable midwifery practice and new chapters on rural midwives and rural communities, social justice, and compassion.

Environmental awareness and sustainability are vitally important concepts and, as a low environmental impact healthcare profession, midwifery has the potential to stand as a model of excellence. This international collection of experts explores the challenges, inviting readers to critically reflect on the issues and consider how they could move to effect changes within their own working environments. Divided into three parts, the book discusses:

  • The politics of midwifery and sustainability
  • Midwifery as a sustainable healthcare practice
  • Supporting an ecological approach to parenting.

Sustainability, Midwifery and Birth is a vital read for all midwives and midwifery students interested in sustainable practice.

chapter |12 pages


part I|68 pages

The politics of midwifery and sustainability

part II|115 pages

Midwifery as a sustainable healthcare practice

chapter 6|17 pages

Sustained by joy

The potential of flow experience for midwives and mothers and the blocking of that flow

chapter 7|15 pages

Sustained by compassion

chapter 8|15 pages

Career or life cycle

The phenomenon of transitioning work-setting within midwifery in order to remain personally and professionally sustainable

part III|86 pages

Supporting sustainable parenting

chapter 12|17 pages

The pregnant environment

chapter 13|19 pages

The birthing environment

A sustainable approach

chapter 14|13 pages

Antenatal education

Sustaining healthy families

chapter 15|18 pages

Climate action and infant feeding

chapter |6 pages


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