Growing in Wisdom

Other Books

Education for Childbirth and Parenthood, Elizabeth R Perkins (Routledge, 2017)

In 1980 Liz Perkins wrote her first book, Education for Childbirth and Parenthood. For some years she had been working with the Leverhulme Health Education Project at Nottingham University and researching an issue so important to many women’s lives, and the material she collected justified a book.  At this time plenty of people talked about the importance of parenthood education, but very few health professionals were well trained to offer it.  It was tactily assumed that if professionals had information or practical skills, they could easily teach what they knew.  But education is more complex than this, and adult education in particular needs to build on what potential learners already know, feel and believe – which means health professionals need to know how to explore and listen, not just talk.

Because parenthood education was felt to be a simple matter, no-one had previously bothered to research it seriously, and training for practitioners was woefully limited. Inadequate educational practice was the inevitable result.  Education for Childbirth and Parenthood was a pioneering work which raised educational issues in this important context, and sparked local and national interest in asking more questions and improving practice. The publishers, Routledge, recognising its enduring value, have chosen to reissue it as part of the Routledge Revivals series, a programme intended to return ‘distinguished, but currently unavailable, works back into print’.

You can read more about the book here.

Education for Childbirth and Parenthood

Reflections on Midwifery, Mavis J Kirkham & Elizabeth R Perkins (eds) (Elsevier Health Sciences, 1997)

This is a multi-contributed book which collates and highlights the relevant research (in an accessible way) relating to current issues in midwifery, thereby advancing thinking on where the profession is going (especially in relation to Changing Childbirth), and how it will proceed. It will be challenging, controversial, but essential reading for midwives. Reflections on Midwifery

Evidence-based Health Promotion: Principles and Practice, Elizabeth R Perkins, Ina Simnett & Linda Wright (eds) (John Wiley & Sons, 1999)


The contributors present a timely and essential volume for health promotion specialists looking for practical guidance in and advice on the three most crucial areas in evidence–based medical practice: assessment of existing evidence, collection of new evidence, and discovery of solutions when there is no evidence. The only book devoted to the burgeoning evidence–based approach, this excellent guide offers readers realistic solutions to the myriad problems encountered in health promotion.

Evidence-based Health Promotion