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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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
Fetal Distress and Electronic Fetal Monitoring
Pregnancy and Labor Management
Postdates Pregnancy: Induction versus Watching and Waiting
Premature Rupture of Membranes at Term
IVs versus Eating and Drinking in Labor
The Case for an Alternative System
The Freestanding Birth Center
The Nature of Evidence (Reprise): Why the Gap Between Belief and Reality?
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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!
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.