A Guide to Effective Care in Pregnancy and Childbirth

A Guide to Effective Care in Pregnancy and Childbirth

by James P. Neilson, Mary Renfrew, Murray W. Enkin, Marc J. Keirse
     
 

A great deal is now known about the effects of care given and received during pregnancy and childbirth. In order to best understand and utilize this information, pregnant women and all those involved in caring for them need an accessible, comprehensive reference to explain the methods and importance of proper care. A Guide to Effective Care in Pregnancy and

Overview

A great deal is now known about the effects of care given and received during pregnancy and childbirth. In order to best understand and utilize this information, pregnant women and all those involved in caring for them need an accessible, comprehensive reference to explain the methods and importance of proper care. A Guide to Effective Care in Pregnancy and Childbirth, Second Edition fills that need. The first edition was published to huge critical acclaim and immediately became established as the 'bible' for all members of the perinatal care team because its conclusions were based on sound evidence. In the five years since the first edition of this best-selling guidebook was published, new research has been conducted on the effects of care during pregnancy and childbirth. The results of these important studies have been incorporated into this fully updated second edition.
The book systematically reviews more than 7,000 of the best clinical research studies and classifies all the elements of care as effective, promising, not proven either way, or not worth using. It covers basic care, diet, screening tests, complications during pregnancy and childbirth, care after childbirth and much more. All of the information is presented in an easily readable form, making it the standard practical guide for expectant parents and all those involved in the care of childbearing women.

Editorial Reviews

Doody's Review Service
Reviewer: James Aiman, MD (Medical College of Wisconsin)
Description: The title of this should be "A guide to ^IEffective Care in Pregnancy and Childbirth"^ because this book is an abridged version of a 2-volume, 1500-page book.
Purpose: The authors state that making the conclusions of the unabridged text more accessible and more portable is their purpose in providing this guide. The unabridged text is purported to be a comprehensive critique and review of the medical literature that scientifically evaluated all aspects of prenatal care. This guide does not succeed in fulfilling the authors' purpose.
Audience: The audience is all who are involved in the care of childbearing women, which is appropriate. The authors have written this guide after systematically organizing and reviewing the Cochrane pregnancy and childbirth database. There are no original data.
Features: There are no illustrations. The only references are to the unabridged text or to a record in the Cochrane database. The appearance of this text is utilitarian, not elegant. There are no unique features in this text. As cited, it is impossible to judge the completeness of the references.
Assessment: This text is actually the authors' critique of various aspects of pregnancy care based on a review of the articles in the Cochrane database. This is a "guide" only in that it is an abridged summary of larger text. This guide is not useful to those who would review the citations at the end of each chapter; the citations are to the record number in the database, not the original publication.
1 Star from Doody
James Aiman
The title of this should be A guide to Effective Care in Pregnancy and Childbirth because this book is an abridged version of a 2-volume, 1500-page book. "The authors state that making the conclusions of the unabridged text more accessible and more portable is their purpose in providing this guide. The unabridged text is purported to be a comprehensive critique and review of the medical literature that scientifically evaluated all aspects of prenatal care. This guide does not succeed in fulfilling the authors' purpose. "The audience is all who are involved in the care of childbearing women, which is appropriate. The authors have written this guide after systematically organizing and reviewing the Cochrane pregnancy and childbirth database. There are no original data. "There are no illustrations. The only references are to the unabridged text or to a record in the Cochrane database. The appearance of this text is utilitarian, not elegant. There are no unique features in this text. As cited, it is impossible to judge the completeness of the references. "This text is actually the authors' critique of various aspects of pregnancy care based on a review of the articles in the Cochrane database. This is a guide only in that it is an abridged summary of larger text. This guide is not useful to those who would review the citations at the end of each chapter; the citations are to the record number in the database, not the original publication.
From the Publisher
"This excellent book is an invaluable reference for anyone involved in pregnancy care."—Mothers and Children

"A gem. It is one of those books that an owner will have to replace every year because it will be so worn out from constant use...It is difficult to do justice in a review to the value of this superb little book. For obstetricians, midwives, family physicians, nurses, childbirth educators, and other health care professionals who give care to women; for health policy makers and planners; for students at all levels of training; for researchers; and for pregnant women, A Guide to Effective Care in Pregnancy and Childbirth is an essential resource....To say that this book should be 'required reading' is not enough; it deserves 'required ownership'!"—Birth

"There are few books that can be considered 'essential' reading in obstetrics but this is certainly one of them."—Maternal and Child Health

"Too good to be true! This is the midwives bible." —MIDIRS

"Readable and clear....Would be helpful to anyone involved in the care of pregnant women. Students and residents would find it a helpful quick reference....Physicians in practice and other birth attendants may find it a useful guide to recent thinking on areas of controversy in pregnancy and childbirth care and possible for confirmation of areas of future research." —Family Medicine

"Excellent. Those who have not seen it should take the time to become familiar with this "bible" of maternity care....Useful update and refinement of the original work that revolutionized obstetrics textbooks."—Canadian Family Physician

"This second edition...is a must for all midwives and for anyone working with expectant parents. It provides quick, easy access to the conclusions of carefully assessed research."—Midwifery Digest

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780192623263
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
03/02/1995
Series:
Oxford Medical Publications Series
Edition description:
REV
Pages:
448
Product dimensions:
5.63(w) x 8.75(h) x 1.08(d)

Meet the Author

Murray W. Enkin is Professor of Obstetrics at McMaster University, Canada. Mar J. N. C. Keirse is professor of Obstetrics at the University of Leiden, Netherlands. james Neilson is Professor of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at Liverpool University. Mary Renfre is a Midwife Researcher at the National Perinatal Epidemiology Unit, the Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford.

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