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The Labor Progress Handbook Paperback – Illustrated, 30 Nov 2005

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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell; 2nd Edition edition (30 Nov. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 140512217X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1405122177
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 1.9 x 18.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 976,420 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"This is a concise and valuable handbook.... The Labor Progress Handbook belongs in every lab coat pocket, in every birth room, and at all of our finger–tips as we help women to labor as normally as possible." ( Journal of Midwifery & Women′s Health)

"Any book supporting the normal progress of labour is welcome; this one provides many interesting and practical tips, particularly in relation to psycho–social support measures."
Helen Cheyne, University of Stirling

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Dystocia or failure to progress in labor is the main reason for cesarean deliveries. The second edition of this successful text focuses on simple non–invasive interventions to prevent or treat difficult labor. It describes positions, movements and techniques based on principles of anatomy, physiology and psychology of childbirth. The Labor Progress Handbook is organized by stage of labor for easy reference, enabling the care giver to quickly identify appropriate low cost, low risk interventions and treat dystocia effectively, at an early stage before it becomes severe. The new edition has been thoroughly revised and updated and includes a new chapter on assessing progress in labor, together with new sections on managing labor pain, normal labor and additional positions and maneuvers. The rationale for all techniques is included based on the authors clinical experience and wherever possible on the underlying evidence base. New edition of essential resource for anyone caring for women in labor Brings Together a wealth of evidence–based information and clinical expertise ′Focuses on non–invasive techniques to assist the progress of labor Emphasis on maternal comfort, support and safety Encourages thoughtful, evidence–based diagnosis and intervention Contains clear and simple illustrations, which complement the text From Reviews: ′The focus of support, position, maternal comfort, and safety is one that should be used by anyone caring for laboring women. It encourages thoughtful diagnosis and intervention in an ordered and sensible manner.′ –– Journal of Perinatal and Neonatal Nursing (on the first edition)

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Labor dystocia, dysfunctional labor, failure to progress, arrest of labor, arrested descent - all these terms refer to slow or no progress in labor, which is one of the most vexing, complex and unpredictable complications of labor. Read the first page
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Binka VINE VOICE on 7 Mar. 2008
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I actually never came across this book as a student but have recently bought it as a NQ midwife and wish I'd had it earlier. Denis Wash recommended it at a recent study day and its certainly given me a lot of tips and answered questions that I didn't even know I had.

There are chapters on normal labour, positions, psycho-emotional state, auscalation, monitoring progress, OP position, what to do when there's no progress, fatal malposition,prolonged labour, non-pharmalogical pain relief.

I really think this book is going to help develop my practice a lot and hopefully mean that I will become increasingly more proactive in aiding women to have the best birth expereince possible.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 18 Feb. 2009
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I am not a nurse or midwife, but when my doctor told me I was to give birth to a large baby due to his analysis of the ultrasound (he basically tried to scare me out of natural birth), I searched franctically for help online. This book is excellent for women who want to own their birthing process and not leave it all to the healthcare practionners. I currently live in Germany, did not attend prenatal classes because of language barrier, and it helped me understand better the various birthing positions and how they can help. At birth, I remembered all of it, and my partner was right there with me. Even though I had unforeseen complications with my hips, it made it all possible for me to try first for a natural birth, even if we had to end it with a cesarian for the health of the baby.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By N. Rose on 31 Jan. 2006
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i have only been a student midwife for 4 months and have found this book to be a really good and easy read so much so that it has given me an insight to the complicated childbirth we are due to start next month
the toolkit at the end of the book which discuss the different positions and comfort measure are really usefull and i have been able to use this advice in my practice on placement
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This book was recommended to me by another midwive..very good as a read as well as a reference book...easy to understand and plenty of info inside
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54 of 54 people found the following review helpful
Birth professionals: Don't leave home without this book! 5 Nov. 2000
By Henci Goer - Published on
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Every once in awhile, a book on childbirth comes along that is a standout. The Labor Progress Handbook is one of those books, but what else would one expect from Penny Simkin and Ruth Ancheta? The authors have produced a lucid, logical, beautifully organized, clearly written, bounteously illustrated, meticulously documented book that gives birth professionals a systematic, practical basis to prevent, diagnose, and treat poor progress in labor. Approaching dystocia holistically, the authors consider the effects of the woman's emotional state, her environment, and the impact of hospital or caregiver policies and attitudes in addition to the standard "powers, passage, passenger" explanation for labor progress. And they are woman centered: the laboring woman is the active agent in resolving difficulties, and the unacceptability of a recommendation always contraindicates its use. If you teach about labor, care for laboring women, or work as a doula or birth assistant, you should--no, must--read this book.
35 of 35 people found the following review helpful
The book for anyone involved in childbirth! 3 May 2000
By Alicia Huntley CNM MSN - Published on
Format: Paperback
This deceptively slim book is jam-packed with useful information that can be used by just about anyone involved in childbirth today. I have recommended it be added as a textbook to the midwifery program where I teach, and I am planning to purchase a copy for the nursing station of the hospital where I work. The illustrations are very informative, the text is well organized, and the suggestions are well-documented both from research and from anecdotal evidence.
21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
Bravo! 1 April 2000
By Ann Grauer - Published on
Format: Paperback
At last, a book for all birth professionals that is concise, informative and in an "easy-to-look-up" format! There is a bibliography at the end of each chapter, allowing the professional to give citations to clients and to allow her to actually read the studies if she so chooses.
The size of the book makes it easy for a doula to throw into her birth bag or for a nurse to have handy on a labor and delivery unit. The amount of information packed into its' size is incredible.
I now heartily recommend this book to all of my birthing friends and doulas who take my training. Bravo, Penny and Ruth! And thanks for making the evidence easier to access!
22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
A Must-Have for Doulas 12 Aug. 2001
By Debbie Boucher - Published on
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This book should be on the recommended reading list for all doula training programs! In a clear, concise, and thoughtful way, Penny explains what makes labor progress, how to recognize labor progress, and how to help with labor progress. My copy is always in my birth bag. I have used it at several births for various reasons, and have always found it to be helpful, with reminders or even just to reaffirm that I've done everything possible. I recommend this book for anyone in the childbirth field and for expectant couples as well!
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Good for the patient,too 17 July 2005
By L. Esterline - Published on
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Having labored with three babies who presented posterior and caused long hard labors, I have looked for information after each one. After the second baby delivered posterior, and I became pregnant with my third, I came across this book. Reading it two or three times before my delivery, I had it almost memorized and used a lot of the suggestions from it. The third delivery (thanks to help from this book and my doctor) we were able to turn the baby. I can't credit the book entirely since my doctor had to manually turn the baby's head, but I do think the positioning and activities the book suggested were half the victory. I wish all birth professionals would read and reread the book.
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