The Midwife's Labour and Birth Handbook

The Midwife's Labour and Birth Handbook

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by Vicky Chapman
     
 

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To practice effectively, midwives need to continually update their knowledge of pregnancy and birth. This fully revised and updated new edition of The Midwife's Labour and Birth Handbook is a practical and accessible guide to providing midwifery care while promoting 'women-centred' care and normality. It explores important questions such as:


Overview

To practice effectively, midwives need to continually update their knowledge of pregnancy and birth. This fully revised and updated new edition of The Midwife's Labour and Birth Handbook is a practical and accessible guide to providing midwifery care while promoting 'women-centred' care and normality. It explores important questions such as:



  • Why are women not encouraged to make a birth plan for elective CS?

  • If a VBAC woman declines continuous CTG monitoring then why shouldn’t she use a waterbirth pool?

  • If shoulder dystocia is anticipated, why not encourage all-fours birth in preference to a semi-recumbent position?

  • Why are the needs of the delivering professional so often put before the advantages of upright postures for promoting descent of a second twin?


This new edition incorporates the latest research and national guidelines, and includes new chapters on twins, caesarean section, bullying, risk management and IOL. By bringing together the latest midwifery information in a woman-centred way, The Midwife's Labour and Birth Handbook is an essential guide for both student midwives and experienced practising midwives.

Editorial Reviews

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Reviewer: Robin Webb Corbett, PhD, RN C(East Carolina University)
Description: This book discusses midwifery care as it occurs in the real world with an emphasis on support for the mother. Chapters begin with an introduction, moving on to statistical information, followed by the role of the nurse midwife. Important content is presented in a bulleted format and clinically appropriate algorithms are used, i.e., for neonatal life support.
Purpose: The purpose is to "provide students and practicing midwives with a good working knowledge of midwifery care in the real world." This book is grounded in nurse midwifery practice in the U.K., but much of it is clinically appropriate for any international healthcare providers working with laboring families. The book proposes to provide research-based clinical practice knowledge, and it does so.
Audience: Practicing nurse midwives and students of the discipline are the intended audience. With one exception, all of the authors are practicing midwives or midwifery educators.
Features: This book explores best practices in the delivery of nurse midwifery care. National U.K. guidelines are presented and critically reviewed. While discussing information specific to home birth, assisted birth, neonatal and maternal resuscitation, stillbirth and neonatal death, etc., the book emphasizes the importance of providing woman-centered care. A limitation is the translation of some terminology to clinical environments outside of the U.K. For example, I was unfamiliar with the term, "ventouse," as an assisted birth technique referring to a suction delivery.
Assessment: This is a clearly written clinical book for nurse midwives and nurse midwifery students with appropriate illustrations, tables, and charts. Each chapter includes statistical support, with well documented best practice clinical strategies. This book continues to be a primary work for clinical nurse midwives. Updating the strategies based upon best evidence and national guidelines strengthens the clinical relevance of this book.
From the Publisher
FROM THE 1ST EDITION:

“This is a useful guide for all midwives and a worthwhile text to have on the shelves in the labour room.

It book promotes midwifery practice in both normal birth and where complex situations occur. Each chapter has a standard approach, making it an easy reference guide.”

Review by: Julia Magill-Cuerden, principal lecturer, Thames Valley University. Review published in Intermid.co.uk: the online archive of peer-reviewed midwifery articles

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781118697467
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
05/22/2013
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
368
File size:
4 MB

Meet the Author

Vicky Chapman is a registered nurse and midwife. As a midwife Vicky has worked in a variety of hospitals and in the community setting. She believes that more women deserve supportive midwifery care that is evidence based and sensitive to their needs, as well as a genuine choice regarding place of birth. She is a mother of four children, including twins.

Cathy Charles is a registered nurse and midwife. She has been a practising midwife since 1991 and a ventouse practitioner since 1998 and has worked as both a consultant unit midwife and a community unit midwife. She was formerly clinical audit&risk management co-ordinator and a supervisor of midwives and has lectured at various universities on risk management, midwifery practice and community based maternity care.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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