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The first evidence-based book covering natural childbirth practices written by an obstetrician
Natural birth plans have emerged as a battle cry of resistance among women who are dissatisfied with today’s medically-aggressive model of maternity care and high cesarean section rates. However, natural birth does not need to be a source of controversy or conflict between women and their nurses and doctors.
Natural Labor and Birth: An Evidenced-Based Guide to the Natural Birth Plan seeks to broaden the medical community’s understanding of the motivations and needs of naturally laboring mothers, while also exploring why natural birth is often so difficult to achieve within our current system and what can be done to change that. It is a complete resource on the topic of natural childbirth, teaching healthcare providers and other birth workers the skills necessary to assist a woman through an unmedicated birth and reviewing the compilation of medical evidence in support of those methods. It demonstrates how natural birth can exist within the framework of traditional antepartum care and hospital deliveries, and offers alternative solutions to common challenges that often disrupt the physiologic birth process.
Natural Labor and Birth: An Evidenced-Based Guide to the Natural Birth Plan is also an unbiased resource for pregnant women seeking a more thorough and scientific understanding of unmedicated birth. This guide will help women and their partners make their own birth plans from a truly informed place. It will help women understand the barriers they may face when seeking a natural birth and give them the ability to better communicate their needs and preferences.
By creating room for natural birth within our maternity system, this book will help readers build a community of care where all women feel respected, acknowledged, and empowered during their birth experience.
More information on the author can be found at http://www.naturallaborandbirth.com/authors-blog
|Publisher:||McGraw-Hill Professional Publishing|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)|
About the Author
Michelle Aristizabel, MD, FACOG is a board-certified General Obstetrician and Gynecologist in Montclair, New Jersey. She runs a busy, private practice with a special focus on supporting women who desire low-intervention, unmedicated births. Dr. Aristizabal earned her medical degree from the University of Arizona and completed her obstetrics residency training at Saint Barnabas Medical Center in Livingston, New Jersey. As an attending physician, she has worked tirelessly to expand the acceptance of natural birth practices within her local medical community and educates medical students and resident physicians in alternative labor management techniques. When she’s not delivering babies, she and her husband of fourteen years are busy with their own two incredible children, who fill their lives with much hilarity and love. Dr. A, as she’s known to her patients, also enjoys hiking, archery, and various creative pursuits, including painting and writing poetry and fiction.
Table of Contents
Section 1 The Battle for Natural Birth in the American Maternity System 1
1 Understanding the Motives for the Natural Birth Movement and Why the Medical Community Needs to Embrace It 3
2 Current Barriers to Natural Birth 23
3 Are Midwives the Solution? 49
Section 2 The Evidence in Support of a Natural Birth Plan 65
4 The Environment for Birth 71
5 Labor Management 85
6 Pain Management 127
7 Delivery 155
8 Post-Delivery Maternal and Infant Care 179
Section 3 Alternative Tools for Common Challenges 197
9 Labor Dystocia 199
10 Fetal Monitoring Challenges 215
11 Ineffective Pain Management 223
12 Integrating Medical Intervention into a Natural Birth Plan 233
13 Special Cases: Indicated Induction, VBAC, and High-Risk Patients Wanting a Natural Birth 251
Section 4 The Bookends of Holistic Maternity Care: The Antepartum and Postpartum Periods 269
14 Holistic Antepartum Care: The Foundation of a Natural Birth 271
15 Holistic Postpartum Care: Recognizing the Fourth Trimester 289