Praise for the previous edition:
“…An outstanding handbook. It will be a familiar volume on most midwifery bookshelves, providing an excellent guide to midwifery focused care of both woman and child in the birthing setting.”
- Nursing Times Online
Providing a practical and comprehensive guide to midwifery care, The Midwife’s Labour and Birth Handbook continues to promote best practice and a safe, satisfying birthing experience with a focus on women-centred care.
Covering all aspects of care during labour and birth, from obstetric emergencies to the practicalities of perineal repair (including left-hand suturing), the fourth edition has been fully revised and updated to include:
- Full colour photographs of kneeling extended breech and footling breech births
- New water birth and breech water birth photographs
- Female genital mutilation
- Group B streptococcus
- Care of the woman with diabetes /Neonatal hypoglycaemia
- Mental health
It also addresses important issues such as:
- Why are the numbers of UK women giving birth in stirrups RISING rather than falling?
- Why are so few preterm babies given bedside resuscitation with the cord intact?
- Would the creation of midwife breech practitioners/specialists enable more women to choose vaginal breech birth and is breech water birth safe?
- What is the legal position for women who choose to free birth – and their birth partners?
- Why are midwives challenging the OASI care bundle?
Incorporating research, evidence and anecdotal observations, The Midwife’s Labour and Birth Handbook remains an essential resource for both student midwives and experienced practising midwives.
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