Supporting a Physiologic Approach to Pregnancy and Birth: A Practical Guide
Edited by Melissa D. Avery
E-Book $39.99 (Amazon, iBooks, Barnes & Noble)
June 2013, Wiley-Blackwell
If you need a guidebook or step-by-step guide for transforming any practice to a more morephysiologic 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. 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. Various 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.
Topics include interventions for labor and birth, continuous labor support, relaxation and touch therapy for labor, water immersion and water birth, and aromatherapy. Section 3 provides an organizational approach to supporting physiologic pregnancy and birth which would be beneficial to physician office practices, hospitals, or any health care collaborative. This section describes changing hospital policy and working quality/maternity care measures.
Supporting a Physiologic Approach to Pregnancy and Birth: A Practical Guide is definitely a book that any maternal/child health professional should have on hand.