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TOP 500 REVIEWERon 5 July 2013
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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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on 9 May 2013
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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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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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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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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TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICEon 10 September 2013
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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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on 19 September 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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on 21 November 2013
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The main difference between this book and many others is it's reliance on the latest fact-based methods, rather than rely on traditional techniques and inherited wisdom. An ages-old subject like midwifery is particularly prone to such outdated ideas.

Another highlight is the illustrations, including 'lefty' suturing; invaluable.
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VINE VOICEon 18 July 2013
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The midwife's labour and birth handbook is a really useful book if you are a midwife, student or want to be a midwife. It contains just about everything you need to know about labour and birth. Very graphic photos, so I wouldn't recommend for first time mums-to-be! The book goes into great detail of everything, although there are no photos of Caesarean sections, which would have been a nice addition. There is however very detailed diagrams for suturing, both right and left handed.
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VINE VOICEon 15 August 2013
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This is as good as any midwifery textbook out there as advised by the multiple midwives (including 2 sisters) that I have asked to peruse.

There are certain chapters like risk management and medicines that are often not thought of in the practical stages and would be recommended reading alone. The suturing section is invaluable for those who would shy away.

One for the ward/office shelf as well as the final year trainee's bag.
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