Obstetric Myths Versus Research Realities / Edition 1

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Anyone working to improve the childbearing experience and help women avoid unnecessary intervention has encountered numerous "obstetric myths" or "old doctors' tales." And while the evidence in the medical literature may be solidly, often unequivocably, against whatever "the doctor said," without access to that evidence, the pregnant woman is quite reasonably going to follow her doctor. This book is an attempt to make the medical literature on a variety of key obstetric issues accessible to people who lack the time, expertise, access, or proximity to a medical library to research concerns on their own. This compact, accurate, yet understandable reference is designed for people without medical training and organized for easy access.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780897894272
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 2/28/1995
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 400
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.89 (d)

Meet the Author

HENCI GOER is an ASPO-certified childbirth educator and doula (professional provider of labor support).

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Table of Contents

1 Introduction 1
2 The Nature of Evidence: How to Read the Medical Literature 7
Pt. I The Cesarean Epidemic
3 The Cesarean Rate 21
4 Vaginal Birth After Cesarean 41
5 Labor Dystocia, Failure to Progress, Cephalopelvic Disproportion, and Active Management 83
6 Breech Presentation 107
7 Fetal Distress and Electronic Fetal Monitoring 131
Pt. II Pregnancy and Labor Management
8 Gestational Diabetes 157
9 Postdates Pregnancy: Induction Versus Watching and Waiting 179
10 Premature Rupture of Membranes at Term 203
11 IVs Versus Eating and Drinking in Labor 221
12 Amniotomy 239
13 Epidural Anesthesia 249
14 Episiotomy 275
Pt. III The Case for an Alternative System
15 Midwives 297
16 The Freestanding Birth Center 319
17 Home Birth 331
18 The Nature of Evidence (Reprise): Why the Gap Between Belief and Reality? 349
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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 15, 2006

    Almost essential for anyone in the birth industry!

    I loved this book, it was written in a comprehensive way and covered so many topics that parents-to-be are concerned with (and usually bullied into by their caregivers). A fact-based view of birth and the REAL reasons and consequences of interventions. A must-have for Doulas, midwives, childbirth educators, or even the parents-to-be!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 6, 2003

    Amazing Information!

    As a Doula in training, I borrowed this book from the library. After renewing it as many times as possible, I decided I just HAD to own it. There is a tremendous amount of information included, very well presented.

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