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From The CriticsReviewer: Maggie E Shaw, CNM, PhD(Oregon Health and Science University)
Description: This book provides an overview of fetal monitoring during the antepartum and intrapartum periods, including the technology, physiology, terminology, and intervention options. Previous editions were published in 1997 and 1988.
Purpose: The preface states that the reason for the second edition was to expand the original text and create an all-encompassing resource. Ten years later, with this third edition, these objectives are both relevant and met by the author.
Audience: The author writes comprehensively and from an inclusive, historical perspective. Written for all levels of obstetrical practitioners, the book includes tables for quick pearls side-by-side with detailed explanations. It is appropriate for a beginner and as a resource for the more experienced provider. The author is known nationally, if not internationally, for her teaching contributions in this field.
Features: The author reviews the equipment and the basics of fetal heart rate (FHR) monitoring and the intrinsic and extrinsic factors that affect the FHR. She details fetal acid-base balance along with the hemodynamic and biochemical techniques for assessing the balance. The well-written discussion on variations of the FHR includes 56 maternal and 41 fetal conditions and their effect on the FHR. One area of concern is the imbalance between the large number of references that are more than five years old, many predating the first edition, and the noticeably smaller number of references from 2000 on.
Assessment: This book has been one of the major resources in fetal monitoring since its inception. It is more inclusive and extensive, and written for a larger audience than AWHONN's Fetal Heart Monitoring: Principles and Practices, 3rd edition (Kendall/Hunt, 2003), that is intended primarily for nurses. In a rapidly expanding technical world where we all struggle to stay on the cutting edge, this book will help move us out of the 20th century and into the 21st.