The Labor Progress Handbook: Early Interventions to Prevent and Treat Dystociaby Penny Simkin, Ruth Ancheta
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The third edition of The Labor Progress Handbook builds on the success of first two editions and remains an unparalleled resource on simple, non-invasive interventions to prevent or treat difficult labor. Retaining the hallmark features of previous editions, the book is replete with illustrations showing position, movements, and techniques and is logically organized to facilitate ease of use.
This edition includes two new chapters on third and fourth stage labor management and low-technology interventions, a complete analysis of directed versus spontaneous pushing, and additional information on massage techniques. The authors have updated references throughout, expertly weaving the highest level of evidence with years of experience in clinical practice.
The Labor Progress Handbook continues to be a must-have resource for those involved in all aspects of birth by providing practical instruction on low-cost, low-risk interventions to manage and treat dystocia.
Description: This reference is a presentation of practical, noninterventional strategies for obstetrical care providers to reduce the incidence of and to treat dysfunctional labor. The authors offer supportive means which enhance the physiological process of labor directed toward the avoidance of more complex, costly, risky interventions.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide a reference for obstetrical care providers with a focus on the prevention of dysfunctional labor patterns and ways to treat dystocia once it has occurred. It is a compilation of labor progress strategies from a variety of care providers. These are worthy objectives, which are met by the authors.
Audience: This book is directed toward midwives, nurses, and doctors wishing to utilize a non-interventionist, physiological supportive approach to labor management. It would also benefit labor nurses, childbirth educators, and doulas as many of the supportive measures are simple and sensitive care measures designed to maintain a normal labor pattern. The authors have many years of experience and are credible within their fields of expertise.
Features: Dysfunctional labor is followed in chronological order from general considerations through the phases and stages of labor. In each chapter the problem, diagnosis, possible primary and secondary actions, results of each action, and expected outcomes are discussed. There are references provided when available. There are chapters devoted to maternal positions and movements and non-pharmacological physical comfort measures. Helpful charts and black-and-white illustrations are provided throughout.
Assessment: This is the first book of its kind and a very useful resource. It is small enough to carry as a readily available reference. For those obstetrical providers dedicated to the reduction of those costly, risky interventions, this book is ideal.
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Meet the Author
Penny Simkin is a physical therapist who has specialized in childbirth education since 1968. She serves on the editorial board for Birth: Issues in Perinatal Care and the consultant boards for the International Childbirth Education Association and the Seattle Midwifery School.
Ruth Ancheta is a certified DONA doula and approved trainer and has been a certified childbirth educator through ICEA for more than twenty years. She has authored numerous childbirth education materials including the Childbirth Skills Teaching Kit and the VBAC Source Book and Teaching Kit.
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