The Midwife's Labour and Birth Handbook [NOOK Book]


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 ...
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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:

* 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.
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Editorial Reviews

Doody's Review Service
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
“With this latest edition, the authors have supplied a guide to contemporary midwifery practice that will be useful to both new and experienced midwives, and indeed to anyone involved with the care of mother and baby in the labour and birth setting. Highly recommended.” (Nursing Times, 5 August 2014)

“This is a useful book, written at a level that students can clearly follow and easily understand.” (Doody’s, 7 March 2014)

“It is not an exhaustive textbook of midwifery practice, but, rather, a very helpful handbook that the student will find invaluable for review and the experienced, seasoned midwife can use to maintain currency with evidence-based practice.” (Birth, 3 September 2013)

“The Midwife's Labour and Birth Handbook appears in its third updated edition to provide a fine survey fully revised and updated for the latest midwifery practices. From professional questions in birthing options and recommendations based on anticipated issues to breech births, skin-to-skin contact at birth, and guidelines based on poor evidence and how to overcome them, this is a solid reference that includes new color photos, suturing diagrams to assist left-handed midwives, and expanded chapters on malposition and slow labor. At each step of the birth, midwifery requirements and recommendations are covered in depth, making for a fine reference loaded with bibliographical references and best practices based on the latest research.” (Midwest Book Reviews, 1 July 2013)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781118697467
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 5/22/2013
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 368
  • File size: 5 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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Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Labour & Normal Birth.

Cathy Charles.

Chapter 2: Vaginal Examination & Artificial Rupture of the Membranes.

Vicky Chapman.

Chapter 3: Fetal Heart Rate Monitoring in Labour.

Bryony Read.

Chapter 4: Perineal Trauma & Suturing.

Vicky Chapman.

Chapter 5: Examination of the Newborn Baby at Birth.

Caroline Rutter.

Chapter 6: Home Birth.

Janet Gwillim

Chapter 7: Water for Labour & Birth.

Cathy Charles & Vicky Chapman.

Chapter 8: Slow Progress & Malpresentations/Malpositions in Labour.

Vicky Chapman.

Chapter 9: Asisted Birth: Ventouse & Forceps.

Cathy Charles.

Chapter 10: Caesarean Section.

Cathy Charles.

Chapter 11: Vaginal Birth After Caesarean Section.

Vicky Chapman.

Chapter 12: Preterm Birth.

Vicky Chapman & Sian McLaughlin.

Chapter 13: Breech Birth.

Lesley Shutter.

Chapter 14: Twins and Higher Order Births.

Jo Coggins.

Chapter 15: Haemorrhage.

Sheila Miskelly.

Chapter 16: Emergencies in Labour & Birth.

Sheila Miskelly.

Chapter 17: Neonatal & Maternal Resuscitation.

Nick Castle.

Chapter 18: Induction of Labour.

Mary-Lou Elliott.

Chapter 19: Pre-Eclampsia.

Annette Briley.

Chapter 20: Stillbirth & Neonatal Death.

Cathy Charles & Barbara Kavanagh.

Chapter 21: Bullying & Assertiveness.

Hilary Field.

Chapter 22: Risk Management, Litigation & Complaints.

Cathy Charles.

Chapter 23: Intrapartum Blood Tests.

Julie Davies.

Chapter 24: Medicines & The Midwife.

Vicky Chapman & Sheila Miskelly

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 14, 2014

    Im going though labor

    I got this yesterday and right now im giving birth right now my husband is holding me like the pic and mmy labor partner is bellow OOOOOOOOOOOHHHHHHHHHH...................... HHHHUUUH ITS COMING UHHHGG.....................EEEEEEEEERRRRRRGGHHHH ALMOST THERE
    Two hours later a beautful girl was born

    One month later pregnate again

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    Posted March 31, 2014

    I am having octeplets right now!!!!


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