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Legal Aspects of Midwifery


  • The essential guide to the law pertaining to midwifery

  • Jargon free, relevant and easily understood with websites clearly signposted.

  • Accessible, popular, comprehensive dealing with the legal issues arising in situations relevant to all midwives

A readable textbook on the law relating to midwifery practice which discusses the legal issues arising in typical situations encountered by midwives. Written by a well-known author of many books on legal aspects of healthcare.

Scope and contents

Covers the essential topics which midwifery students and practitioners need to understand to see how the law impacts upon their practice. Chapters cover human rights and midwifery practice, consent to treatment, confidentiality and patient access to records, handling complaints, the rights of the unborn, legal issues relating to teenagers and pregnancy, negligence, records and record keeping, health and safety, medicines, criminal law and issues relating to letting neonates die, and termination of pregnancy.

The Francis Report on the Mid Staffs NHS Foundation Trust is discussed and the repercussions for patients, midwives and managers are considered, as well as the Health and Social Care Act 2012 and its implications for midwives.

About the Author

Bridgit Dimond is Emeritus Professor of the University of Glamorgan and is barrister-at-law. She has Published: several books with Quay Books.


Law, legal, midwifery


Student midwives, registered midwives, midwifery managers, patient service managers, community and hospital based health professionals, Commissioners of midwifery services.

Plus other allied health professionals such as obstetricians, gynaecologists, and health professionals working in midwifery and obstetric units.

List of Contents





Section A Introduction

Chaper 1 - The legal system and the accountability of the midwife

Section B Client's rights

Chapter 2 - Woman-centred care

Chapter 3 - Consent

Chapter 4 - Confidentiality, access to records and freedom of information

Chapter 5 - Complaints

Chapter 6 - Teenage pregnancies

Chapter 7 - Status and rights of the unborn child

Section C Litigation and accountability

Chapter 8 - Negligence

Chapter 9 - Record keeping, statements and report writing

Chapter 10 - Health and safety

Chapter 11 - Medication

Section D Statutory provisions

Chapter 12 - Criminal law and confinements

Chapter 13 - Termination of pregnancy

Chapter 14 - Legal issues relating to fertilisation, embryology and genetics

Chapter 15 - Compensation for vaccine and other damage

Chapter 16 - Public health

Section E Specialist areas

Chapter 17 - Child protection

Chapter 18 - Mental disorder

ISBN: 9781856425049