In this chapter, the scope of midwifery practice is discussed with respect to independent prescribing. The authors assume that readers have current pharmacology knowledge and a comprehensive knowledge of normal and complicated childbirth. The discussion in this chapter is limited to pharmaceutical medicines and does not cover the use of complementary or non-pharmaceutical therapies. The authors acknowledge that prescription of medicines is always evolving according to evidence, availability of pharmaceuticals and cost. Midwife prescribers have an obligation to maintain a current knowledge of the safety of medicines in pregnancy and lactation, and of preferred pharmaceuticals for particular conditions.
|Title of host publication||Midwifery|
|Subtitle of host publication||Preparation for Practice|
|Editors||Sally Pairman, Sally Tracy, Hannah Dahlen, Lesley Dixon|
|Place of Publication||Chatswood, Australia|
|Number of pages||27|
|ISBN (Print)||9780729543149, 9780729543156|
|Publication status||Published - 2018|