Obstetric Myths Versus Research Realities / Edition 1

Obstetric Myths Versus Research Realities / Edition 1

by Henci Goer, Don Creevy
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ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
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Obstetric Myths Versus Research Realities / Edition 1

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780897894272
Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date: 02/28/1995
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 901,379
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.89(d)

Table of Contents


The Nature of Evidence: How to Read the Medical Literature

The Cesarean Epidemic

The Cesarean Rate

Vaginal Birth After Cesarean

Cephalopelvic Disproportion, Failure to Progress, Labor Dystocia and Active Management

Breech Presentation

Fetal Distress and Electronic Fetal Monitoring

Pregnancy and Labor Management

Gestational Diabetes

Postdates Pregnancy: Induction versus Watching and Waiting

Premature Rupture of Membranes at Term

IVs versus Eating and Drinking in Labor


Epidural Anesthesia


The Case for an Alternative System


The Freestanding Birth Center

Home Birth

The Nature of Evidence (Reprise): Why the Gap Between Belief and Reality?


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Obstetric Myths Versus Research Realities 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.