I agree withstudent’s article summary.Linda V. Walsh article illustrateschronologically the foundation and the growth of nurse-midwifery fromthe public health perspective. Groups such as Maternity CenterAssociation (MCA) and Frontier Nursing Service (FNS) bore out of theneed to reduce the rates of maternal and infant mortality. Thepassage of 19th amendments, helped women to lobby forfederal funding for programs aimed at promoting maternal health andcare (Walsh, 2013). Linda illustrates how the passage of legislationssuch as 1921, Sheppard-Towner Maternity Act Bill helped grow thenumber of women reached by the MCA and FNS.
The intent ofthe article is to show the development of nurse-midwives as aprofession away from nursing. The student does well to indicatecritical timelines in the growth of the profession. For example, theestablishment of the Children Bureau in 1912. The Bureau providedinformation on prenatal and infant care. Another key timelinementioned by the student in the post is 1932 establishment ofMaternity Center Association (MCA), a body that nurtured the field ofnurse-midwifery in America. However, the students fail to highlighthow the passage of universal women suffrage helped lobby for federaland state funding for the promotion of healthcare (Walsh, 2013). Inaddition, the student failed to mention the philosophies of thenurse-midwifery which emphasis on compassionate partnerships andpersonalized methods of care.
The nurse-midwifery has helped in promoting prenatal and post-natalcare. Consequently, the number of infant and maternal deaths hasdecreased considerably. Furthermore, the field has ensured propercare is given to the women from poor communities.
In conclusion,the student touched on the main points of the articles. Some of thepoints include health care promotion and development ofnurse-midwives as a distinct discipline from nursing.
Walsh, L. V. (2013). Historical Reflection on Health PromotionWithin Midwifery Care in the United States. Journal ofMidwifery & Women’s Health, 58(3), 253-256.
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