Published: July 2013
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