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Birth Centres: a Social Model for Maternity Care. London: Elsevier Science Limited, 2003.

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Kirkham M.

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Review by Churchill R, Journal of Midwifery & Women’s Health 2004;49(2):165

Mavis Kirkham, Professor of Midwifery at the University of Sheffield, UK, has written an interesting survey of British and international birth centers. Birth Centres: A Social Model for Maternity Care is a collection of essays detailing the existence of freestanding birth centers in England and throughout the world. Her book provides the reader with a sense of what it takes to set up a birth center, the qualifications birth center midwives need to have, which types of collaborative relationships make for successful birth centers, and the parameters a client must meet in order to be considered a candidate for a birth center birth. While her intended audience is no doubt the British midwife or midwifery student, she presents much information that is of interest to the American midwife as well.

The book is organized into three sections. The first discusses several of the 55 birth centers in England. The second is a case study of one of these centers, The Edgeware Birth Centre. The final section provides a look at birth centers around the world, reflecting both the different cultural backgrounds and environmental factors affecting the existence and survival of birth centers in each country.

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Cécile Loup — 11 Mar 2004

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