Key Features

  • Explores the wider range of normal childbirth that is unique to individual mothers and babies
  • Challenges the assumptions underpinning current beliefs and attitudes

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

Details

No. of pages:
216
Language:
English
Copyright:
© 2008
Published:
Imprint:
Churchill Livingstone
Electronic ISBN:
9780702061424
Electronic ISBN:
9780702037924
Print ISBN:
9780443069437

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