Natural Labor and Birth: An Evidence-Based Guide to the Natural Birth Plan

Natural Labor and Birth: An Evidence-Based Guide to the Natural Birth Plan

by Michelle Aristizabal


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781259862878
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional Publishing
Publication date: 09/13/2018
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 1,252,132
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

Preface ix

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

Index 319

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