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Evidence and Skills for Normal Labour and Birth: A Guide for Midwives Kindle Edition

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Praise for the 1st edition:

'A well written and powerful book which is a must for midwives, mothers and the medical profession. Denis Walsh eloquently exposes the faults and failures in our current provision of maternity services and offers alternatives that challenge the orthodoxy of the biomedical model.' - Professor Paul Lewis, Academic Head of Midwifery and Child Health, Bournemouth University, UK

'This scholarly, readable book provides a springboard for practitioners to jump into the deep pool of their own and their client's experiences...Throughout, this book celebrates the dignity of childbearing women, emphasizing their need for kind, respectful, and compassionate care.' - Jane Pincus, Birth, September 2008

'In his multi-faceted book Denis Walsh explores research-based evidence about birth, examining practices in the orthodox medical method and empirically-based and more adventurous midwifery practice. He raises the questions that need to be asked about the medical management of birth, and considers ways in which it might be changed to focus instead on women's needs and spontaneous psycho-physiological processes. Denis Walsh stimulates creative thinking...he is essential reading for all student midwives.' - Sheila Kitzinger, birth activist

Praise for the 2nd edition:'There are several highlights to this book. These include the realistic scenarios used throughout the book, to illustrate points and to argue for reflection. These are not dramatic in content and the reader is left with a sense of calm practicality by the author. The questions for reflection that are included at the end of each chapter bring a greater depth to the chapter summaries, but also carry the reader forward.' - Greta McGough, Nursing Times, 2012

'I believe that this book will be of great help to students and practising midwives, and open the way to deeper awareness of their role in helping women in childbirth with quiet, continuous, personal support without directing, dogmatising, yelling 'Push!' or other potentially harmful interventions... This book points the way to the future.' – Sheila Kitzinger, birth activist.

'Overall, I really enjoyed reading this book. It brings the evidence together beautifully and simultaneously offers a great starting point for readers who are new to the area and a useful updating tool for those who have been around longer. The tone is friendly while incorporating an appropriate level of academic debate, and the book will inform, educate and challenge readers to think about care during labour and birth from a woman-centred and physiologically based perspective rather than a medicalised one.' - Sara Wickham, Editor, Essentially MIDIRS, 2012

About the Author

Denis Walsh is Associate Professor in Midwifery at the University of Nottingham, UK. He lectures on evidence and skills for normal birth internationally and is widely published on midwifery issues and normal birth.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1532 KB
  • Print Length: 225 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0415577322
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Up to 4 simultaneous devices, per publisher limits
  • Publisher: Routledge; 2 edition (11 Nov. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007BO4CZM
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews
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This book is very much needed!

I am a Swedish trained midwife with 26 years in the profession. I found this book most inspiring. This autumn 2012 I will lead a book club for midwives where we read this book, chapter by chapter, and discuss what implications this may have at our work place. It will be interesting to see how the midwives can contribute with their own "tricks of the trade" in the group. It is time to acknowledge birth as the physiological, existential and social event it is. It is time to reclaim midwifery!

Frequently birth is seen as a medical event coloured by the attitude: "Anything can happen, we must be prepared and control the situation with the help of machines and interventions." We now have continuity of electronic foetal monitoring rather than continuity of care. It is easier to get a planned C-section than a planned home birth. An epidural is not questioned but a water birth is. During my years as a midwife, I have seen standing positions during birth vanish, water births disappear and alternative birth centres being lost.

Denis Walsh's book is an important tool for midwifery students and also for senior midwives in need of inspiration and re-vitalization of forgotten knowledge. Walsh has gathered recent research in midwifery care. He has also rediscovered old knowledge that now is scientifically proven. In a pedagogical way every chapter ends with a conclusion, clinical recommendations and questions to the reader to ponder upon. The book is challenging and makes a midwife question the etablished "truths" in modern maternity care. Read it!
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Really worth reading! An excellent book with pictures and easy to read text, will enhance any student midwives learning. Denis Walsh is an inspiration in normal birth!
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clear, precise information...
very useful for the course...
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Excellent book for midwives and potential educators. Probably not for the casual mother to be. Very complete and in-depth. I wish all OBGYN and Delivery nurses would read this text!
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Very good for doulas, educators, and trainers like myself. Helpful to me in understanding evidence studies and the issues in evidence gathering.
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