Normal Childbirth

Evidence and Debate

Author: Soo Downe

Publisher: Elsevier Health Sciences

ISBN:

Category: Medical

Page: 180

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With the increasing risk of litigation in midwifery, there is often a move to err on the side of caution and classify women as 'at risk' - even if they present with only a hint of a problem. Reflecting the need for global professional standards, this unique book presents the available evidence on normality in childbirth and proposes new approaches and paradigms for future research and practice. Covering a variety of subjects, international contributors present evidence-based, practical expertise on normal birth to help readers become aware of the wide parameters of "normal" in order to practice effectively and safely. Explores the nature and implications of normal childbirth as opposed to birth with medical intervention. Challenges the fundamental assumptions underpinning current beliefs and attitudes surrounding normal birth. Synthesizes evidence to provide different ways of seeing normality and interpreting its meanings. Provides a highly applicable reference for readers with an interest in the multiple aspects of normal birth. With 18 expert contributors

Normal Childbirth E-Book

Evidence and Debate

Author: Susan Downe

Publisher: Elsevier Health Sciences

ISBN:

Category: Medical

Page: 216

View: 397

This new edition builds on the strengths of the popular first edition, with updated national and international data, and the most recent debate around the controversial area of childbirth. With the increasing risk of litigation, there can be a tendency to classify women as 'at risk' if they present with even a hint of a problem. This is a contentious area and midwives need to be aware of the wide parameters of 'normal' in order to practise autonomously, effectively and safely. This book provides an evidence-based source for all midwives and other health professionals with an interest normal birth. Explores the wider range of normal childbirth that is unique to individual mothers and babies Challenges the assumptions underpinning current beliefs and attitudes Updated statistics, both national and international Latest research and debate

Normal Childbirth

Evidence and Debate

Author: Soo Downe

Publisher: Elsevier Health Sciences

ISBN:

Category: Medical

Page: 200

View: 370

This new edition builds on the strengths of the popular first edition, with updated national and international data, and the most recent debate around the controversial area of childbirth. With the increasing risk of litigation, there can be a tendency to classify women as 'at risk' if they present with even a hint of a problem. This is a contentious area and midwives need to be aware of the wide parameters of 'normal' in order to practise autonomously, effectively and safely. This book provides an evidence-based source for all midwives and other health professionals with an interest normal birth. Explores the wider range of normal childbirth that is unique to individual mothers and babies Challenges the assumptions underpinning current beliefs and attitudes Updated statistics, both national and international Latest research and debate

Proactive Support of Labor

The Challenge of Normal Childbirth

Author: Paul Reuwer

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN:

Category: Medical

Page: 216

View: 680

Gives step-by-step, evidence-based guidance on expert care and support during labor. Essential reading for obstetricians, midwives, nurses, and trainees.

Promoting Normal Birth

Research, Reflections and Guidelines

Author: Sylvie Donna

Publisher: Fresh Heart Publishing

ISBN:

Category: Medical

Page: 372

View: 828

An international collaboration of lecturers, practitioners and researchers. Each chapter considers a topic relevant to normalising maternity care. Topics include: routine interventions epidurals physiological third and fourth stages longer labours and approaches to monitoring / intervention most effective models of care birth centres home birth mental health doulas reasons for intervention links between research and practice harmonising models of birth caseload midwifery including 'normality' on medical training courses the symbolic value of birth developments in China, the UAE, Brazil and other countries where dramatic changes are taking place (e.g. in sub-Saharan Africa) the 'natural' caesarean individual agents for change intrapartum best practice ways of supporting women labouring without pharmacological pain relief water birth VBAC the role of regulatory bodies ways of publicising your work communication for best results review of progress and pointers for future research. Questions and extracts provide stimulating reflection and seminar material. For midwives, obstetricians, GPs, doulas and other maternity caregivers. "I strongly recommend this book to midwives, obstetricians, doctors and hospital administrators. It carefully reviews the scientific data." Marsden Wagner-who was director of Women's and Children's Health at the World Health Organization for 15 years, before his retirement. Questions and extracts provide stimulating reflection and seminar material. For midwives, obstetricians, GPs, doulas and other maternity caregivers. "I strongly recommend this book to midwives, obstetricians, doctors and hospital administrators. It carefully reviews the scientific data." Marsden Wagner-who was director of Women's and Children's Health at the World Health Organization for 15 years, before his retirement"

Midwifery and the Medicalization of Childbirth

Comparative Perspectives

Author: Edwin R. Van Teijlingen

Publisher: Nova Publishers

ISBN:

Category: Medical

Page: 393

View: 190

This book provides an introduction to the sociological study of midwifery. The readings have been selected to highlight the interplay between midwifery and medicine, reflecting the medicalization of childbirth. It highlights the major themes in both a historical and a current context, as well as western and non-western societies. Two major themes underlie the organization of this book: that the conception of midwifery must be broadened to encompass a sociological perspective; and that the ongoing trend toward the medicalization of midwifery is crucial to an understanding of the historical, current, and future status of midwifery. By medicalization of childbirth and midwifery the author mean the increasing tendency for women to prefer a hospital delivery to a home delivery, the increasing trend toward the use of technology and clinical intervention in childbirth, and the determination of medical practitioners to confine the role played by midwives in pregnancy and childbirth, if any, to a purely subordinate one.

Care in normal birth

a practical guide : report of a technical working group

Author: Maternal Health and Safe Motherhood Programme

Publisher:

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Category: Childbirth

Page: 54

View: 324

Squaring the Circle

Researching Normal Birth in a Technological World

Author: Soo Downe

Publisher:

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Page: 256

View: 264

Squaring the Circle is a cutting-edge guide to the state of the art of normal childbirth, with contributions from world-renowned experts in their fields.

Coping and Help in Birth: An Investigation Into 'normal' Childbirth as Described by New Mothers and Their Attending Midwives

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Abstract: Objective: to investigate how 'normal' childbirth is described by new mothers and their attending midwives. Design: a qualitative, reflexive, narrative study was used to explore birth stories using in-depth, un-structured interviews. Setting: 21 new mothers and their 16 attending midwives were recruited from the locality surrounding a district general hospital in South Wales, United Kingdom (UK). Findings: the findings identified that the mothers wanted to cope with labour and birth, by breathing through it and using some birth interventions with the help of knowledgeable midwives. Midwives aimed to achieve 'normality' in birth but also commonly utilised birth interventions. Consequently the notion of 'normal' birth as not involving interventions in birth was not found to be a useful defining concept in this study. Furthermore, current dichotomous models and theories of birth and midwifery in particular those relating to pain management did not fully explain the perspectives of these women and their midwives. Implications for practice: dichotomous models and theories for birth and midwifery practice and those which incorporate the term 'normal' birth are shown to be not entirely useful to fully explain the contemporary complexity of childbirth in the UK. Therefore it is now necessary to consider avoiding using dichotomous models of birth and midwifery in the UK and to instead concentrate on developing integrated models that reflect the real life current experiences of women and their midwives. Highlights: Women want to cope with labour and birth with the help of knowledgeable midwives. They want to do this by breathing and using some birth interventions. Midwives aim for normal birth but commonly utilise birth interventions especially to manage pain. Normal' birth is not a useful defining concept. Dichotomous birth and midwifery models do not fully explain the perspectives of women or midwives. Current dichotomous models and theories relating to birth and midwifery, separating the normal from the abnormal and non-intervention from intervention, do not fully explain the perspectives of women or their midwives.

Evidence-based Care for Normal Labour and Birth

A Guide for Midwives

Author: Denis Walsh

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN:

Category: Health & Fitness

Page: 200

View: 172

Evidence-based care is a well established principle in contemporary healthcare and a world wide health care movement. However, despite the emphasis on promoting evidence-based or effective care without the unnecessary use of technologies and drugs, intervention rates in childbirth are rising rapidly. Evidence-based Care for Normal Labour and Birth brings to light much of the evidence around what works best for normal birth which has, until now, remained largely hidden and ignored by maternity care professionals. Beginning with the decision about where to have a baby, through all the phases of labour to the immediate post-birth period, it systematically details research and other evidence sources that endorse a low intervention approach. The book: highlights where the evidence is compelling discusses its application where women question its relevance to them and where the practitioner's expertise leads them to challenge it gives background and context before discussing the research to date includes questions for reflection and practice recommendations generated from the evidence. Using research data, Evidence-based Care for Normal Labour and Birth critiques institutionalised, scientifically managed birth and endorses a more humane midwifery-led model. Packed with up-to-date and relevant information, this controversial book will help all students, practising midwives and doulas keep abreast of the evidence surrounding normal birth and ensure their practice takes full advantage of it.