- Paperback: 200 pages
- Publisher: Routledge; New edition edition (19 April 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0415418917
- ISBN-13: 978-0415418911
- Product Dimensions: 24.3 x 17.6 x 1.1 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
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Evidence-based Care for Normal Labour and Birth: A guide for midwives Paperback – 19 Apr 2007
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'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
'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
About the Author
Denis Walsh is Senior Lecturer at the University of Central Lancashire, UK, and an independent midwifery consultant.
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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.
Why is the supine birthing position so common that women assume they have to give birth lying down? Why do we tell women how to push or tell them they are not allowed to push? This book gives you the evidence to change common practices and make them more woman-centred.
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A brilliantly written book with a massive wealth of knowledge and midwifery wisdom placed within an accessible and well structured chapters. Ideal for student midwives. Read morePublished on 12 May 2014 by R Middleton
Far too little has been written about normality in childbirth. Denis Walsh redresses the balance and this book is esential reading for all those involved in childbirth.Published on 23 Nov. 2010 by Teri Gavin-jones
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