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

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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

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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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