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Birth Models That Work$
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Robbie Davis-Floyd, Lesley Barclay, and Jan Tritten

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780520248632

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520248632.001.0001

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“Orchestrating Normal”: The Conduct of Midwifery in the United States

“Orchestrating Normal”: The Conduct of Midwifery in the United States

(p.415) Chapter 15 “Orchestrating Normal”: The Conduct of Midwifery in the United States
Birth Models That Work

Holly Powell Kennedy

University of California Press

This chapter provides a lens to examine the midwifery model of care in the United States through a synthesis of research programs about the work of midwives. The model described is meant to stimulate reflection, research, and policy changes on the most effective and satisfying ways that one can work “with women” during childbirth. It involves two major processes of care, the first of which is developing a relationship between the midwife and the woman. The second is “orchestration”: the conduct of the midwife's work with the woman to meet her needs within the existing health care system. A qualitative analysis of textual data from a large survey of the American College of Nurse-Midwives (ACNM) about managed care provides a description of real-world difficulties in practice today.

Keywords:   orchestration, midwifery model, childbirth, care system, ACNM

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