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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.

The book contains black-and-white illustrations.

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Editorial Reviews

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"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

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.
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.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780192623249
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 3/28/1995
  • Series: Oxford Medical Publications
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 448
  • Product dimensions: 5.31 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.89 (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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Table of Contents

1 Effective care in pregnancy and childbirth 3
2 Evaluating care in pregnancy and childbirth 5
3 Social, financial, and psychological support during pregnancy and childbirth 12
4 Antenatal classes 17
5 Life-style during pregnancy 21
6 Dietary modification in pregnancy 26
7 Formal risk scoring 37
8 Imaging ultrasound in pregnancy 40
9 Screening for congenital anomalies 45
10 Screening for pre-eclampsia 52
11 Gestational diabetes 57
12 Assessment of fetal growth, size, and well-being 60
13 Unpleasant symptoms in pregnancy 75
14 Prevention of miscarriage 84
15 Hypertension in pregnancy 90
16 Fetal compromise 100
17 Multiple pregnancy 105
18 Rhesus isoimmunization 109
19 Infection in pregnancy 114
20 Diabetes in pregnancy 126
21 Bleeding in the latter half of pregnancy 134
22 Suspected fetopelvic disproportion and abnormal lie 140
23 Prelabour rupture of the membranes 148
24 Preterm labour 161
25 Promoting pulmonary maturity 173
26 Post-term pregnancy 179
27 Fetal death 183
28 Social and professional support in childbirth 191
29 Hospital practices 197
30 Care of the fetus during labour 207
31 Monitoring the progress of labour 220
32 The second stage of labour 226
33 The third stage of labour 236
34 Control of pain in labour 247
35 Prolonged labour 262
36 Repair of perineal trauma 269
37 Preterm birth 273
38 Labour and delivery after previous caesarean section 284
39 Preparing for induction of labour 297
40 Methods of inducing labour 304
41 Instrumental vaginal delivery 314
42 Caesarean section 318
43 Prophylactic antibiotics with caesarean section 322
44 Immediate care of the newborn infant 331
45 Care of the new mother and baby 340
46 Breastfeeding 349
47 Perineal pain and discomfort 364
48 Breast symptoms in women who are not breastfeeding 371
49 Loss and grief in the perinatal period 376
50 Effective care in pregnancy and childbirth: a synopsis 389
Table 1 Beneficial forms of care 391
Table 2 Forms of care likely to be beneficial 394
Table 3 Forms of care with a trade-off between beneficial and adverse effects 400
Table 4 Forms of care of unknown effectiveness 402
Table 5 Forms of care unlikely to be beneficial 406
Table 6 Forms of care likely to be ineffective or harmful 410
Index 413
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