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This review is from: Evidence-based Care for Normal Labour and Birth: A guide for midwives (Paperback)In the United Kingdom and developed countries around the world, childbirth is safer than at any other time in our history. In spite of this, there continues to be an over reliance on technology in labour and an overemphasis on risk and risk management, which adversely shapes and controls women's experiences of birth.
In stark contradiction to the research evidence, normal birth in most UK hospitals is largely managed on a medical model of care even when provided by midwives. Where alternative approaches to maternity care exist, such as in midwife-led units or at home, the parameters of safe care may also be defined and determined by hospital based models of what constitutes 'normality' rather than the research evidence or the needs of mothers and families.
The publication of Dr. Denis Walsh's book on 'Evidence-based Care for Normal Labour and Birth' is a much needed resource to challenge and counter these trends and offers both mothers, midwives and the medical profession, the opportunity to consider alternatives to our current ways of working. Informative and scholarly, this book is a joy to read and provides a sensible and authorative approach to the important issues of informed choice, risk and the research evidence. It will be welcomed by midwives from all areas of practice and I trust will assist them and the wider maternity care team to improve and strengthen our approach to 'best practice' in the interests of mothers and families.