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
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.
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.
Preface vii Contributors ix 1 Labour and normal birth 1 Cathy Charles 2 Vaginal examinations and amniotomy 49 Vicky Chapman 3 Fetal heart rate monitoring in labour 61 Bryony Read 4 Perineal trauma and suturing 75 Vicky Chapman 5 Examination of the newborn baby at birth 105 Caroline Rutter 6 Home birth 123 Cathy Charles 7 Water for labour and birth 139 Cathy Charles 8 Malpositions and malpresentations in Labour 155 Vicky Chapman 9 Slow progress in labour 171 Vicky Chapman 10 Assisted birth: ventouse and forceps 189 Cathy Charles 11 Caesarean section 211 Cathy Charles 12 Vaginal birth after caesarean section 227 Vicky Chapman 13 Preterm birth 239 Charlise Adams 14 Breech birth 257 Lesley Shuttler 15 Twins and higher order births 285 Jo Coggins 16 Obstetric haemorrhage 297 Hannah Bailey 17 Emergencies in labour and birth 315 Hannah Bailey 18 Neonatal and maternal resuscitation 339 Nick Castle 19 Induction of labour 353 Cathy Charles 20 Pre ]eclampsia and diabetes 367 Annette Briley 21 Stillbirth and neonatal death 385 Cathy Charles 22 Risk management, litigation and complaints 407 Cathy Charles 23 Intrapartum blood tests 417 Vicky Chapman 24 Medicines and the midwife 433 Vicky Chapman Index 441