The Student Guide To Newborn Infant Physical Examination

02 September 2019
Volume 27 · Issue 9

What a delight to read this informative but practical book aimed at student midwives undertaking Newborn Infant Physical Examination (NIPE) at undergraduate level. Its ease of access and practical application would make it a useful resource for all NIPE students and a refresher for those currently practising.

The holistic approach taken throughout the book is in-keeping with the ever-expanding public health role of the midwife and the philosophy of continuity of carer.

There is a clear background that sets the context and the current debate as to who is best positioned to carry out this examination. A further brief but effective chapter, ‘Communication skills in health care’ reminds readers of key communication principals, which are applied to the examination scenario throughout, ensuring that parent-centred care is at the focus of both caregiving and educational oportunities.

The importance of factors in maternal history that may affect fetal development is reviewed in a subsequent chapter, although investigating development in more depth may have enhanced this further. Tools shared in this chapter will be important for performing a safe and thorough examination.

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