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The Labor Progress Handbook: Early Interventions to Prevent and Treat Dystocia, 3rd Edition

ISBN: 978-0-470-95936-7
424 pages
January 2011, Wiley-Blackwell
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The third edition of The Labor Progress Handbook builds on the success of first two editions and remains an unparalleled resource on simple, non-invasive interventions to prevent or treat difficult labor.  Retaining the hallmark features of previous editions, the book is replete with illustrations showing position, movements, and techniques and is logically organized to facilitate ease of use.

This edition includes two new chapters on third and fourth stage labor management and low-technology interventions, a complete analysis of directed versus spontaneous pushing, and additional information on massage techniques. The authors have updated references throughout, expertly weaving the highest level of evidence with years of experience in clinical practice.

The Labor Progress Handbook continues to be a must-have resource for those involved in all aspects of birth by providing practical instruction on low-cost, low-risk interventions to manage and treat dystocia.

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Foreword to the second edition xvii

Foreword to the fi rst edition xxi

Acknowledgments xxiii

Chapter 1: Introduction 3
Penny Simkin, BA, PT, CCE, CD(DONA), and Ruth Ancheta, BA, ICCE, CD(DONA)

Chapter 2: Dysfunctional Labor: General Considerations 15
Penny Simkin, BA, PT, CCE, CD(DONA), and Ruth Ancheta, BA, ICCE, CD(DONA)

Chapter 3: Assessing Progress in Labor 51
Suzy Myers, LM, CPM, MPH, with contributions by Gail Tully, BS, CPM, CD(DONA), and Lisa Hanson, PhD, CNM, FACNM

Chapter 4: Prolonged Prelabor and Latent First Stage 101
Penny Simkin, BA, PT, CCE, CD(DONA), and Ruth Ancheta, BA, ICCE, CD(DONA)

Chapter 5: Prolonged Active Phase of Labor 124
Penny Simkin, BA, PT, CCE, CD(DONA), and Ruth Ancheta, BA, ICCE, CD(DONA)

Chapter 6: Prolonged Second Stage of Labor 173
Penny Simkin, BA, PT, CCE, CD(DONA), and Ruth Ancheta, BA, ICCE, CD(DONA)

Chapter 7: Optimal Newborn Transition and Third and Fourth Stage Labor Management 224
Lisa Hanson, PhD, CNM, FACNM, and Penny Simkin, BA, PT, CCE, CD(DONA)

Chapter 8: Low-Technology Clinical Interventions to Promote Labor Progress 242
Lisa Hanson, PhD, CNM, FACNM

Chapter 9: The Labor Progress Toolkit: Part 1. Maternal Positions and Movements 277
Penny Simkin, BA, PT, CCE, CD(DONA), and Ruth Ancheta, BA, ICCE, CD(DONA)

Chapter 10: The Labor Progress Toolkit: Part 2. Comfort Measures 326
Penny Simkin, BA, PT, CCE, CD(DONA), and Ruth Ancheta, BA, ICCE, CD(DONA)

Epidural Index 379

Index 381

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Penny Simkin is a physical therapist who has specialized in childbirth education since 1968. She serves on the editorial board for Birth: Issues in Perinatal Care and the consultant boards for the International Childbirth Education Association and the Seattle Midwifery School. 

Ruth Ancheta is a certified DONA doula and approved trainer and has been a certified childbirth educator through ICEA for more than twenty years. She has authored numerous childbirth education materials including the Childbirth Skills Teaching Kit and the VBAC Source Book and Teaching Kit.

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"Each edition of The Labor Progress Handbook improves on the previous one, and this third edition is an even more indispensable resource for maternity care practitioners, especially within the context of today's overuse of birth technology, cesarean sections, and nonevidence-based management practices. Congratulations, Penny Simkin and Ruth Ancheta! You've given caregivers a powerful gift to pass on to childbearing women ... again!." (Birth, 1 March 2012)
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