Independent exploration of practice - Is there a perfect way of cord care?

Is there a perfect way of cord care?
by Stefanie Nunes-Laibold

Publisher: GRIN Publishing

Publication Date: May 28, 2016

ISBN: 9783638010016

Binding: Kobo eBook

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Essay from the year 2006 in the subject Medicine - Pediatrics, grade: 60% (England), Glasgow Caledonian University, 34 entries in the bibliography, language: English, abstract: No matter how far one looks back in the history of mankind: As long as humans are born by women there were midwives and there will be midwives. The knowledge of 'wise women' led already in the Middle Ages to uncertainty - particularly among the physicians and church princes. Midwives were strongly affected by witch-hunt. Many were burnt at the stake, because people did not trust their knowledge and their art - because of ignorance or eagerness for power. At that time midwives were considered to work in the function of a gynaecologist or as a person with healing skills which got their knowledge as a gift. They acquired their knowledge through the knowledge of older women and own practical experience. The current and historical literature about the midwife art gives an idea of this traditional occupation of woman (Skolik 2001). This knowledge developed more and more and passed on since generations. But nowadays the situation has changed: Many midwives are working on their own with their own experiences and their own unverified methods of practice. This already begins in the time of the midwifery training without standards in many working areas. The care of the umbilical cord of the baby is in the homely care of the midwife again and again in discussion. The unverified methods of practice in midwifery tasks are widespread in different working fields and should initiate a development of caring with evidence-based background. Dannenfeld stated in their work about the significance of the salutogenetic concept of the midwifery work that in this work it is important to deal with scientific topics for achieving a more effective and more professional work. This statement is emphasised by the Schweizer Hebammenverband. They mentioned that the midwifery work is including the task of assuring and ...