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The Midwife's Labour and Birth Handbook [Kindle Edition]

Vicky Chapman , Cathy Charles
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Praise for previous editions:

“An excellent resource for both student midwives and qualified staff alike.” (Alison James, Midwifery Lecturer, Plymouth University)

"A lovely book with a lot of practical advice and easy to navigate. (Jayne Samples, Midwifery Lecturer, University of Huddersfield)

This fully revised and updated third edition of The Midwife’s Labour and Birth Handbook is a practical and accessible guide to midwifery care.

 

It addresses important questions such as:

 

  • Why are women being pressured into caesarean section for breech presentation when the evidence is equivocal?
  • If a baby needs assisted ventilation breaths at birth, why not bring the ambubag to the baby and leave the cord intact so the baby can benefit from the extra maternal oxygen supply?
  • Why is skin-to-skin contact at birth so rarely offered to preterm babies when there is evidence of benefit?

This well-regarded text promotes normality and woman-centred care, using research, evidence-based guidelines and anecdotal accounts from women. It challenges practice and guidelines which are biased or based on poor evidence. Guidance is offered on how to deal with difficult, sometimes controversial, situations.

The Midwife's Labour and Birth Handbook 3rd edition is an essential guide for both student midwives and experienced practising midwives.

New to this edition:

  • Full colour photographs including a kneeling breech birth
  • Suturing diagrams to assist left-handed midwives.
  • Expanded chapters on slow progress in labour and malposition/malpresentations, including a rare photograph of a face presentation birth.


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Review

With this latest edition, the authors have supplied a guide to contemporary midwifery practice that will be useful to both new and experienced midwives, and indeed to anyone involved with the care of mother and baby in the labour and birth setting. Highly recommended.   (Nursing Times, 5 August 2014)

This is a useful book, written at a level that students can clearly follow and easily understand.   (Doody s, 7 March 2014)

It is not an exhaustive textbook of midwifery practice, but, rather, a very helpful handbook that the student will find invaluable for review and the experienced, seasoned midwife can use to maintain currency with evidence–based practice.   (Birth, 3 September 2013)

The Midwife′s Labour and Birth Handbook appears in its third updated edition to provide a fine survey fully revised and updated for the latest midwifery practices. From professional questions in birthing options and recommendations based on anticipated issues to breech births, skin–to–skin contact at birth, and guidelines based on poor evidence and how to overcome them, this is a solid reference that includes new color photos, suturing diagrams to assist left–handed midwives, and expanded chapters on malposition and slow labor. At each step of the birth, midwifery requirements and recommendations are covered in depth, making for a fine reference loaded with bibliographical references and best practices based on the latest research.   (Midwest Book Reviews, 1 July 2013)

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This fully revised and updated third edition of The Midwife s Labour and Birth Handbook is a practical and accessible guide to midwifery care.

It addresses important questions such as: 

  • If shoulder dystocia is anticipated, why not encourage all–fours birth as prevention in preference to a semi–recumbent position?
  • Why not leave the baby requiring resuscitation attached to its oxygen supply the umbilical cord when undertaking initial bag and mask ventilation?
  • Why are those who opt for vaginal breech birth rarely encouraged to have an upright labour and birth?
  • Why is skin–to–skin contact at birth so rarely offered to well preterm babies when there is evidence of benefit?

This well–regarded text promotes normality and woman–centred care, using research, evidence–based guidelines and anecdotal accounts from women. It challenges practice and guidelines which are biased or based on poor evidence. Guidance is offered on how to deal with difficult, sometimes controversial, situations. 

The Midwife′s Labour and Birth Handbook is an essential guide for both student midwives and experienced practising midwives.

New to this edition 

  • Full colour photographs including a kneeling breech birth
  • Suturing diagrams to assist left–handed midwives
  • Expanded chapters on slow progress in labour and malposition/malpresentations, including a rare photograph of a face presentation birth

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 4288 KB
  • Print Length: 412 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell; 3 edition (22 Jan. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00B5YUE2E
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #281,178 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book 9 May 2013
By CMC123
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Highly recommended for midwives and student midwives in their final year. Includes all aspects of labour and birth including obstetric emergencies, how to suture (step by step and for left-handers too), malpositions and presentations and lots more. Explains things in great detail but easy to understand. Would recommend highly.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent textbook 5 July 2013
By Su TOP 100 REVIEWER
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This is a well laid out and easy to read and understand text book. I could see it being a great help to any midwifery student or qualified midwife who wants to keep their knowledge up to date.

The book includes tables, flowcharts and images to make the information in the text clearer to follow.

It is split in to 24 chapters:

- labour and normal birth
- vaginal examination and artificial rupture of the membranes
- fetal heart rate monitoring in labour
- perineal trauma and suturing
- examination of the newborn baby at birth
- home birth
- water for labour and birth
- malpositions and malpresentations in labour
- slow progress in labour
- assisted birth: ventouse and forceps
- caesarean section
- vaginal birth after caesarean section
- preterm birth
- breech birth
- twins and higher-order births
- haemorrhage
- emergencies in labour and birth
- neonatal and maternal resuscitation
- induction of labour
- pre-eclampsia
- stillbirth and neonatal death
- risk management, litigation and complaints
- intrapartum blood tests
- medicines and the midwife

I am one of those (probably) annoying patients who wants to know what's happening and why this would be a boon to me, as well as the medical staff.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
By Sussman TOP 50 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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This is the third edition of The Midwife's Labour and Birth Handbook and offers an indispensable guide for both student midwives and skilled practising midwives. This is then is then an excellent resource that endorses woman-centred care, by using research and evidence based good practice. There are colour photographs and diagrams to emphasize key points, and to better explain certain clinical procedures that are encountered by a clinician the text is structured so as to be easy to navigate and get the reader to the section they require. A recommended text that is worthy of a five star rating.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent reference book 28 Aug. 2013
By Beanie Luck TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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As i am in my 2nd year of studying to be a midwife i jumped at the chance to get this.

It is informative, very well laid out and has been something i have read and thought i wish i would of had this at the start of my course.

Because of the book context, i believe i can carry this around with me all the time whilst i am practicing for continual reference f needed.

Excellent resource to have for any student or practicing midwife.
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5.0 out of 5 stars perfect for student midwives 30 Mar. 2015
By karen J
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Great book for all student midwives. Light weight enough to carry with you to placements or uni but thick enough to be a really good informative textbook. I already have the Myles textbook for midwives, but find it very bulky and not able to flick through easily for quick reference like this book. Great value for money as it covers all areas of intrapartum care and I will be using it to prepare for my intrapartum care exam.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent handbook. 10 Sept. 2013
By Uenna TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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This is quite an interesting but comprehensive textbook on Labour and Birth. Looking back I wished I had this book during my SHO rotation through Obstetrics in general and Labour ward in particular. This is a very helpful book covering everything you need to know about normal labour and abnormal labour throuhgh to birth and post natal period. The language is simple and easy to follow with pictorial illustrations e.g the step by step guide to suturing episiotomies. Although it is aimed at Midwives, I think all doctors (foundation trainees, gp trainees and core trainees) rotating through labour ward will benefit from this book. It is very well written. I recommend.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great resourse and study aid 19 Sept. 2013
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This book has been fully revised and updated, and provides the latest information and discussion on midwifery practice.

Essential reading and reference for midwives, student midwives and those switching direction from another area of nursing.

Informative, in depth and well laid out, it is detailed but easy to understand.

It provides diagrams and photographs, solid reference with bibliographical references. The revisions are based on the latest research into the practice of midwifery and has received very positive reviews.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent textbook 2 Oct. 2013
By Margaret7 TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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Superb, in-depth and comprehensive, this book is excellent.

As a complementary therapist working with women who are pregnant (and having not been near a labour ward for over 40 years), I wanted to get a more in-depth understanding of the whole birth process in order to be able to give informed support to the women I see - and help them understand the importance of listening to their health professionals.

This book does all that and far more. It is an absolutely superb teaching tool and reference book. Highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous Book!
A definate must have. The book is clearly laid out and is a very useful student midwife tool. Very popular on my cohort with the students and highly recommended.
Published on 16 Oct. 2013 by Sarah
5.0 out of 5 stars Very helpful handbook, evidence based
There is a great deal of practical advice, evidence based guidelines, full bibliographical references. The book is easy to navigate.
Published on 24 Sept. 2013 by Brutally Honest
4.0 out of 5 stars Reviews the evidence
It challenges practice and guidelines which are biased or based on poor evidence. THE book for midwifery students and already qualified midwives.
Published on 21 Sept. 2013 by V
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant.
An excellent resource for anyone interested in the process of birth, or the field of midwifery.

Informative, easy to understand and concise.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Birthing Bible.
This book contains everything the student midwife would need as a point of reference. The information is broken down into clear and appropriate chapters, and the included diagrams... Read more
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