Normal Childbirth: Evidence and Debate / Edition 1

Normal Childbirth: Evidence and Debate / Edition 1

by Susan Downe
     
 

ISBN-10: 0443073856

ISBN-13: 9780443073854

Pub. Date: 09/21/2004

Publisher: Elsevier Health Sciences

With the increasing risk of litigation in midwifery, there is often a move to err on the side of caution and classify women as 'at risk' - even if they present with only a hint of a problem. Reflecting the need for global professional standards, this unique book presents the available evidence on normality in childbirth and proposes new approaches and paradigms for

Overview

With the increasing risk of litigation in midwifery, there is often a move to err on the side of caution and classify women as 'at risk' - even if they present with only a hint of a problem. Reflecting the need for global professional standards, this unique book presents the available evidence on normality in childbirth and proposes new approaches and paradigms for future research and practice. Covering a variety of subjects, international contributors present evidence-based, practical expertise on normal birth to help readers become aware of the wide parameters of "normal" in order to practice effectively and safely.

• Explores the nature and implications of normal childbirth as opposed to birth with medical intervention.
• Challenges the fundamental assumptions underpinning current beliefs and attitudes surrounding normal birth.
• Synthesizes evidence to provide different ways of seeing normality and interpreting its meanings.
• Provides a highly applicable reference for readers with an interest in the multiple aspects of normal birth.

With 18 expert contributors

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780443073854
Publisher:
Elsevier Health Sciences
Publication date:
09/21/2004
Edition description:
Older Edition
Pages:
214
Product dimensions:
7.44(w) x 9.69(h) x (d)
Age Range:
3 Months

Table of Contents

Introduction
Section 1: Ways of Seeing
1. From being to becoming: reconstructing childbirth knowledge
2. The role of pain in normal birth and the empowerment of women
3. Birth and spirituality
Section 2: Aspects of normality
4. Normal birth: womens' stories
5. Midwives' practices in eleven UK maternity units
6. Midwives constructing 'normal birth'
Section 3: Evidence
7. Risk and safety
8. The early pushing urge: practice and discourse
9. Foetal to neonatal transition: first, do no harm
10. Promoting normal birth: weighing the evidence
11. Aspects of a controversy: summary and debate

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