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The Roar Behind the Silence: why kindness, compassion and respect matter in maternity care

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ISBN:  978-1-78066-180-3
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Editors: Sheena Byrom | Soo Downe         BOX DEAL
Binding: paperback
Format: 127 x 198 mm
Pages: 256
Illustrations: some, b/w
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The Roar Behind the Silence: why kindness, compassion and respect matter in maternity care

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For many years there has been growing concern about the culture of fear that is penetrating maternity services throughout the world, and that the fear felt by maternity care workers is directly and indirectly being transferred to the women and families they serve.

The consequences of fear include increased risk of defensive practice, where the childbearing woman and her family become potential enemies to those providing her care. In addition, the prevailing risk management and 'tick box’ culture in maternity services encourages maternity workers to give priority to the records instead of the woman. These factors contribute to the dissatisfaction felt by those using and providing maternity services. There is however increasing evidence that kindness, compassion and mutual respect improve efficiency, effectiveness, experience and staff morale within healthcare settings.

The Roar Behind the Silence provides information, inspiration and practical suggestions to support maternity care workers, policy makers, and maternity care funders across the world in their quest to deliver sensitive, compassionate and high quality maternity services. The book highlights examples of good practice, and offers practical tools for making change happen, using evidence and stories where appropriate.

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Edited by Sheena Byrom & Soo Downe, with contributions by Olivia Armshaw, Kirsten Baker, Alison Barrett, Maria Helena Bastos, Dean Beaumont, Diana Bowser, Theresa Bourne, Gemma Boyd, Anna Byrom, Sheena Byrom, Penny Campling, Ngai Fen Cheung, Teresa Chinn, Michael Clift, Tracey Cooper, Hannah Dahlen, Raymond De Vries, Soo Downe, Ramón Escuriet, Julie Frohlich, Catherine Grosvenor, Kathryn Gutteridge, Jenny Hall, Kicki Hansard, Marijke Hendrix, Shelagh Heneghan, Milli Hill, Billie Hunter, Laura Iannuzzi, Mavis Kirkham, Sue Lees, Mande Limbu, Amali Lokugamage, Carmel McCalmont, Sandra Morano, Deirdre Munro, Roberto Ortíz, Mercedes Perez-Botella, Gill Phillips, Elizabeth Prochaska, Rineke Schram, Mel Scott, Adele Stanley, Senga Steele, Anna Ternovszky, Kerstin Uvnäs MobergTamar van Haaren, Lucie Warren and Robin Youngson. Foreword by Frances Day-Stirk & Sabaratnam Arulkumaran and Toyin Saraki.


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The Roar Behind the Silence
Monday, 30 March 2015  | 

This latest book by Sheena Byrom and Soo Downe is one of the best books I have read on maternity care in the past 10 years. It will inspire and encourage in equal measure. A 'must read' for midwives and women.

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Everyone in maternity care should read this book
Monday, 16 March 2015  | 

This is a very timely book which says things which have needed saying for a long time. It is insightful and inspiring to read, and also wonderfully practical - I have changed areas of my practice already based on what I have read here. I now want to buy extra copies to leave around our unit in strategic places - this book is not just for midwives but should be read by obstetricians, anaesthetists, HCAs and anyone else working in maternity care.

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