Normal Childbirth

Evidence and Debate

Edited by

  • Susan Downe, BA(Hons), MSc, PhD, RM, Professor of Midwifery Studies, University of Central Lancashire, Preston, UK

This new edition builds on the strengths of the popular first edition, with updated national and international data, and the most recent debate around the controversial area of childbirth. 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.
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Book information

  • Published: May 2008
  • ISBN: 978-0-443-06943-7

Table of Contents

Section 1: Ways of Seeing

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