The Labor Progress Handbook: Early Interventions to Prevent and Treat Dystocia / Edition 3

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Overview

Labor dystocia, or failure to progress in labor, has numerous and often combined etiologies, and is the number one reason fro cesarean deliveries.

The Labor Progress Handbook focuses on ways to prevent dystocia, and to manage or treat it before it becomes severe. When interventions are needed, it suggests simple, non-invasive interventions to use early, when they will be more effective. Based on the principle that the woman's participation is essential to the preventive management of dystocia, it will help increase patient satisfaction while reducing the need for more complex and costly interventions. With seven chapters organized by the stage of labor and suspected etiology, the book describes positions, movements, and techniques based on principles of anatomy, physiology, and psychology of childbirth. Designed for easy reference, it allows caregivers to identify appropriate interventions quickly.

Key features:

  • Designed as a quick reference
  • Gives evidence-based strategies where scientific evidence exists
  • Based on the clinical experience of caregivers
  • Includes rationales for all techniques
  • Provides numerous clear illustrations
The Labor Progress Handbook provides midwives, nurses, doctors, doulas, and childbirth educators with strategies to maintain normal labor progress.

The book contains black-and-white illustrations.

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Editorial Reviews

Nancy E. Moss
This reference is a presentation of practical, non-interventive 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. 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. 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. 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. This is the first book of its kind and a very useful resource. It is small enough to carry as a readily availablereference. For those obstetrical providers dedicated to the reduction of those costly, risky interventions, this book is ideal.
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Reviewer: Nancy E. Moss, PhD, RN, MSN (University of Cincinnati School of Nursing)
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.

5 Stars! from Doody
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781444337716
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 4/19/2011
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 424
  • Sales rank: 438,830
  • Product dimensions: 4.90 (w) x 7.40 (h) x 0.96 (d)

Meet the Author

Penny Simkin is a physical therapist who has specialized in childbirth education since 1968. She serves on several boards of consultants and editorial boards, including the journal, Birth: Issues in Perinatal Care; the International Childbirth Education Association; and the Seattle Midwifery School.

Ruth Ancheta is a DONA approved doula trainer, certified DONA doula, and a certified childbirth educator through ICEA for over 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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Table of Contents

Foreword
Acknowledgments

Chapter 1     Introduction
Chapter 2     Dysfunctional Labor: General Considerations
Chapter 3     Prolonged Pre-Labor and Latent First Stage
Chapter 4     Prolonged Active Phase of Labor
Chapter 5     Prolonged Second Stage of Labor
Chapter 6     The Labor Progress Toolkit: Part 1.
                    Maternal Positions and Movements
Chapter 7     The Labor Progress Toolkit: Part 2.
                    Comfort Measures

Index

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