With the increasing risk of litigation, there can be a tendency to classify women as 'at risk' if they present with even a hint of a problem. This is a contentious area and midwives need to be aware of the wide parameters of 'normal' in order to practise autonomously, effectively and safely.
This book provides an evidence-based source for all midwives and other health professionals with an interest normal birth.
1. From being to becoming: reconstructing childbirth knowledge
2. The role of pain in normal birth and the empowerment of women
3. Birth and spirituality
Section 2: Aspects of normality
4. Normal birth: womens' stories
5. Midwives' practices in eleven UK maternity units
6. Midwives constructing 'normal birth'
Section 3: Evidence
7. Risk, safety and the study of physiological birth
8. The early pushing urge: practice and discourse
9. Foetal to neonatal transition: first, do no harm
10. Promoting normal birth: weighing the evidence
11. Aspects of a controversy: summary and debate