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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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The Albany Midwifery Practice

The Albany Midwifery Practice

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(p.141) Chapter 5 The Albany Midwifery Practice
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Birth Models That Work
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Becky Reed

Cathy Walton

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University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520248632.003.0006

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

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