In recent years clinical disciplines, including medicine, nursing and midwifery, have all incorporated sociology into their undergraduate curricula. However, there remains considerable misunderstanding about the relevance and value of sociological analyses to clinical practice. This accessible, comprehensive text introduces midwives to the relevance of sociology to their specific sphere of practice. This book introduces key topics from sociology which are relevant to midwifery audiences: the classical theorists, recent sociological perspectives that shape contemporary sociology, applicability to midwifery practice and research. Complex sociological debates are presented in a simple manner, applying theory to clinical practice.