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Spirituality and Childbirth : Meaning and Care at the Start of Life - Susan Crowther

Spirituality and Childbirth

Meaning and Care at the Start of Life

By: Susan Crowther (Editor), Jenny Hall (Editor)

Paperback Published: 11th September 2017
ISBN: 9781138229419
Number Of Pages: 204

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Highlighting aspects of birth often taken for granted, ignored or left silenced, this book questions the art and meaning of childbirth. Addressing spirituality in and around the start of life from a variety of thought-provoking perspectives, it examines the apparent paradox of impersonal biomedical-technocratic systems operating alongside the meaningful experiences encountered by those involved. Themes covered include:

  • Notions of holism and spirituality, culture, religion and spirituality
  • Childbirth significance at societal level
  • Spiritual care in maternity care provision
  • Birth environment, mood, space and place
  • Spiritual experience of all those involved, including health professionals
  • Spiritual experience when birth is complex and challenging
  • When birth and death are juxtaposed.

Although there is considerable literature on spirituality at the end of life, this is the only book that draws together a global and multidisciplinary selection of academic researchers and practitioners to reflect on spirituality at the start of life. Each chapter explores the relevant theoretical background and makes links to practice, using case studies from research and practice. The chapters conclude by discussing: how spiritual care is, and should be, provided in this context; what practice approaches are beneficial; cross-cultural perspectives; and future directions for research. It is an important read for all those interested in childbirth, maternity care, social science perspectives on health and illness, and spirituality.

Part 1: Setting the Scene 1. Why Spirituality at the Start of Life? Susan Crowther and Jenny Hall 2. Spirituality, Religion and Culture in and around Childbirth Anna Hennessey 3. Childbirth as Spiritually Meaningful Susan Crowther Part 2: Spirituality and the Childbirth Year 4. Pregnancy and the Unborn Child Jenny Hall 5. Role of Healthcare Professionals in Antenatal Spiritual Care Ingela Lundgren 6. Holding Sacred Space in Labour and at Birth Celine Lemay and Carolyn Hastie 7. Relational Qualities and Spiritual Experiences at Birth Jenny Parratt and Susan Crowther 8. Parenthood and the Experience of Spirituality in the Postpartum Jose Miguel De Angulo 9. Pregnancy Loss and Spirituality Joan Lalor 10. Spirituality and Complexity at Birth Alison Barratt and Gill Thompson 11. Spirituality When a Newborn is Unwell Silvia Caldeira and Jenny Hall Part 3: Pulling the Threads Together 12. Conclusion Susan Crowther and Jenny Hall

ISBN: 9781138229419
ISBN-10: 1138229415
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 204
Published: 11th September 2017
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.8 x 16.6  x 1.2
Weight (kg): 0.34