Supporting a Physiologic Approach to Pregnancy and Birth. A Practical Guide

  • ID: 2379691
  • Book
  • 358 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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Supporting a Physiologic Approach to Pregnancy and Birth: A Practical Guide provides an overview of current evidence and a range of practical suggestions to promote physiologic birth within the United States healthcare system. Presenting the latest evidence available on practical approaches and minimal interventions, this book looks into clinic exam rooms and hospital labor units to investigate the possibilities for improving the pregnancy and labor experience. Contributors discuss recent research and other published information and present a range of ideas, tools, and solutions for maternity care clinicians, including midwives, nurses, physicians, and other members of the perinatal team.

Key Features:

  • Reviews the normal physiologic changes of pregnancy, labor, and birth and discusses care strategies during pregnancy and labor to support normal birth
  • Includes focus on broader care and education systems and how maternity care providers can work together to provide seamless quality care and effect solutions and policy changes
  • Explores in–hospital and out–of–hospital care methods
  • Coverage includes physiology and supportive approach methods; interventions such as touch therapies, water immersion, and acupuncture; and organizational approaches, including the current status of policies and recommendations for change

An invaluable resource, Supporting a Physiologic Approach to Pregnancy and Birth is a must–have practical guide for those involved in all aspects of pregnancy and birth.

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Contributors ix

Foreword by Holly Powell Kennedy xi

Acknowledgments xiii

Section 1 Understanding a physiologic approach 1

1 The case for a physiologic approach to birth: an overview 3Melissa D. Avery

2 The physiology of pregnancy, labor, and birth 13Cindy M. Anderson

3 A supportive approach to prenatal care 29Carrie E. Neerland

4 Supporting a physiologic approach to labor and birth 49Lisa Kane Low and Rebeca Barroso

Section 2 Interventions and approaches 77

5 Promoting comfort: a conceptual approach 79Kerri D. Schuiling

6 Continuous labor support 91Carrie E. Neerland

7 Techniques to promote relaxation in labor 105Kathryn Leggitt

8 Touch therapies in pregnancy and childbirth 119Deborah Ringdahl

9 Water immersion for labor and birth 157Michelle R. Collins and Dawn M. Dahlgren–Roemmich

10 Aromatherapy in pregnancy and childbirth 173Linda L. Halcón

11 Acupressure and acupuncture in pregnancy and childbirth 197Katie Moriarty and Kennedy Sharp

Section 3 organizational approaches to supporting physiologic pregnancy and birth 227

12 Rethinking care on the hospital labor unit 229Emily Higdon, Rachel Woodard, Kristin Rood and Heidi Jean Bernard

13 Out–of–hospital birth 251Marsha E. Jackson and Alice Bailes

14 Educating health professionals for collaborative practice in support of normal birth 275Melissa D. Avery, John C. Jennings and Michelle L. O Brien

15 Women s health and maternity care policies: Current status and recommendations for change 301Heather M. Bradford

Resources for physiologic pregnancy and childbirth 331

Index 335

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If you need a guidebook or step–by–step guide for transforming any practice to a more more physiologic approach, this is the first book you need to read.  Supporting a Physiologic Approach to Pregnancy and Birth: A Practical Guide provides an overview of current evidence and a range of practical suggestions to promote physiologic birth within the United States healthcare system.   (Childbirth Today From Birthsource.com, 12 June 2014)

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