Midwifery: preparation for practice
As the coordinator of a postgraduate midwifery program I was delighted to review this new Australian and New Zealand midwifery textbook. From the moment I opened the cover to read the contents section I knew that the chapters of this textbook were developed to lead the reader into the ‘context’ of midwifery practice in Australia and New Zealand which encompasses ‘the woman, the midwife, partnership, autonomous practice and collaborative practice’. Within each of the above sections there are a range of chapters that have been written by Australian and New Zealand midwives. Their information is based on research or knowledge that reflects a unique Australian and New Zealand content in relation to the ‘philosophy and standards of the New Zealand and Australian College of Midwives’ (Pairman et al., 2006, p. vii). I have specifically chosen to review chapters written by the editors. This is in recognition of their wonderful achievement not only as editors of an excellent, specific Australian and New Zealand midwifery resource but also for their contribution to the text as authors of individual chapters.