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Dystocia or failure to progress in labor is the main reason for cesarean deliveries. The second edition of this successful text focuses on simple non-invasive interventions to prevent or treat difficult labor. It describes positions, movements and techniques based on principles of anatomy, physiology and psychology of childbirth.

The Labor Progress Handbook is organized by stage of labor for easy reference, enabling the care giver to quickly identify appropriate low cost, low risk interventions and treat dystocia effectively, at an early stage before it becomes severe. The new edition has been thoroughly revised and updated and includes a new chapter on assessing progress in labor, together with new sections on managing labor pain, normal labor and additional positions and maneuvers. The rationale for all techniques is included based on the authors' clinical experience and wherever possible on the underlying evidence base.

* New edition of essential resource for anyone caring for women in labor

* Brings Together a wealth of evidence-based information and clinical expertise

* 'Focuses on non-invasive techniques to assist the progress of labor

* Emphasis on maternal comfort, support and safety

* Encourages thoughtful, evidence-based diagnosis and intervention

* Contains clear and simple illustrations, which complement the text

From Reviews:

'The focus of support, position, maternal comfort, and safety is one that should be used by anyone caring for laboring women. It encourages thoughtful diagnosis and intervention in an ordered and sensible manner.'
--Journal of Perinatal and Neonatal Nursing (on the first edition)

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"This is a concise and valuable handbook.... The Labor Progress Handbook belongs in every lab coat pocket, in every birth room, and at all of our finger-tips as we help women to labor as normally as possible." (Journal of Midwifery & Women's Health)

"Any book supporting the normal progress of labour is welcome; this one provides many interesting and practical tips, particularly in relation to psycho-social support measures."
Helen Cheyne, University of Stirling

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781405122177
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/28/2005
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 7.40 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Meet the Author

Penny Simkin serves on the Faculty and Board of Consultants of Seattle Midwifery School and is on the Editorial Board of Birth: Issues in Midwifery Care. She trains childbirth educators and doula trainers and is founder of Doulas of North America.

Ruth Ancheta has over 15 years experience in perinatal education and is an experienced doula and doula trainer.

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Table of Contents

Foreword to the second edition.

Foreword to the first edition.



Chapter 1: Introduction.

Chapter 2: Dysfunctional Labor: General Considerations.

Chapter 3: Assessing Progress in Labor.

Chapter 4: Prolonged Pre-Labor and Latent First Stage.

Chapter 5: Prolonged Active Phase of Labor.

Chapter 6: Prolonged Second Stage of Labor.

Chapter 7: The Labor Progress Toolkit: Part 1. Maternal Positions and Movements.

Chapter 8: The Labor Progress Toolkit: Part 2. Comfort Measures.

Epidural Index.


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Customer Reviews

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  • Posted April 17, 2010

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    The Labor Progress Handbook written by Penny Simkin and Ruth Ancheta is a very helpful tool for the childbirth educator. I purchased this book to aid in my preparation for the Lamaze childbirth educator certification exam. I feel it will be beneficial for information that will be on this very crucial exam. Penny Simkin is a very knowledgeable woman and a great advocate for women who are involved in the care of laboring women and the women themselves. I have thoroughly enjoyed and learned from anything she has written and from the videos I have used and seen for childbirth education.

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