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


This fully revised and updated third edition of The Midwife’s Labour and Birth Handbook is a practical and accessible guide to midwifery care.

It addresses important questions such as: 

  • If shoulder dystocia is anticipated, why not encourage all-fours birth as prevention in preference to a semi-recumbent position?
  • Why not leave the baby requiring resuscitation attached ...
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This fully revised and updated third edition of The Midwife’s Labour and Birth Handbook is a practical and accessible guide to midwifery care.

It addresses important questions such as: 

  • If shoulder dystocia is anticipated, why not encourage all-fours birth as prevention in preference to a semi-recumbent position?
  • Why not leave the baby requiring resuscitation attached to its oxygen supply – the umbilical cord – when undertaking initial bag and mask ventilation?
  • Why are those who opt for vaginal breech birth rarely encouraged to have an upright labour and birth?
  • Why is skin-to-skin contact at birth so rarely offered to well preterm babies when there is evidence of benefit?

This well-regarded text promotes normality and woman-centred care, using research, evidence-based guidelines and anecdotal accounts from women. It challenges practice and guidelines which are biased or based on poor evidence. Guidance is offered on how to deal with difficult, sometimes controversial, situations. 

The Midwife's Labour and Birth Handbook is an essential guide for both student midwives and experienced practising midwives.

New to this edition 

  • Full colour photographs including a kneeling breech birth
  • Suturing diagrams to assist left-handed midwives
  • Expanded chapters on slow progress in labour and malposition/malpresentations, including a rare photograph of a face presentation birth
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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: 9781118480106
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 1/22/2013
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 416
  • 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

List of abbreviations
Sect. 1 Midwifery care during labour and birth 1
1 Labour 3
2 Home birth 35
3 Waterbirth 45
4 Slow progress in labour and malpresentations/malpositions in labour 55
5 Breech birth 81
6 Labour and birth after a previous caesarean section 95
7 Pre-eclampsia 105
8 Preterm labour and birth 121
9 Maternal infection around the time of birth 137
10 Assisted delivery: forceps and midwife ventouse delivery 153
11 Haemorrhage and hypovolaemic shock around the time of birth 165
12 Childbirth emergencies 185
13 Loss of a baby: stillbirth/perinatal death 205
Sect. 2 Support information 217
14 Record keeping and litigation 219
15 Midwifery skills to help women cope with labour 225
16 Vaginal examinations and artificial rupture of the membranes 229
17 Monitoring the fetal heart rate in labour 239
18 Intrapartum blood tests 247
19 Examination of the newborn baby at birth 259
20 Serious anomalies and disorders in the newborn 271
21 Neonatal and maternal resuscitation 281
22 Perineal trauma and suturing 297
23 Pharmacopoeia 311
Glossary 321
App. A Automated blood pressure devices 325
App. B Midwife ventouse practitioner log book record 326
App. C Decision to decline midwife ventouse delivery 327
App. D Checklist following a pregnancy loss after 24 weeks 328
App. E NICE clinical practice algorithm (EFM) 330
App. F Weight conversion chart 332
Index 333
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