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Praise for previous editions:
“An excellent resource for both student midwives and qualified staff alike.” (Alison James, Midwifery Lecturer, Plymouth University)
"A lovely book with a lot of practical advice and easy to navigate. (Jayne Samples, Midwifery Lecturer, University of Huddersfield)
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:
- Why are women being pressured into caesarean section for breech presentation when the evidence is equivocal?
- If a baby needs assisted ventilation breaths at birth, why not bring the ambubag to the baby and leave the cord intact so the baby can benefit from the extra maternal oxygen supply?
- Why is skin-to-skin contact at birth so rarely offered to 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 3rd edition 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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About the Author
VICKY CHAPMAN has worked as a midwife in a variety of hospital settings and as a caseload midwife and visiting lecturer. She has a particular interest in normal birth, as well as the politics of childbirth and their impact on women's birth experiences. Vicky has four children; three were born at home, including twins.
CATHY CHARLES is a midwife and ventouse practitioner, practising in acute and community settings. She has been a clinical audit/risk management co-ordinator, a visiting lecturer and a supervisor of midwives. She also teaches aquanatal classes.
Table of Contents
1 Labour and normal birth 1
2 Vaginal examinations and amniotomy 49
3 Fetal heart rate monitoring in labour 61
4 Perineal trauma and suturing 75
5 Examination of the newborn baby at birth 105
6 Home birth 123
7 Water for labour and birth 139
8 Malpositions and malpresentations in Labour 155
9 Slow progress in labour 171
10 Assisted birth: ventouse and forceps 189
11 Caesarean section 211
12 Vaginal birth after caesarean section 227
13 Preterm birth 239
14 Breech birth 257
15 Twins and higher order births 285
16 Obstetric haemorrhage 297
17 Emergencies in labour and birth 315
18 Neonatal and maternal resuscitation 339
19 Induction of labour 353
20 Pre-eclampsia and diabetes 367
21 Stillbirth and neonatal death 385
22 Risk management, litigation and complaints 407
23 Intrapartum blood tests 417
24 Medicines and the midwife 433