Postnatal Care - 2nd Edition - ISBN: 9780702037832

Postnatal Care

2nd Edition

Authors: Debra Bick Christine MacArthur Heather Winter
eBook ISBN: 9780702037832
Imprint: Churchill Livingstone
Published Date: 22nd August 2008

Table of Contents

Preface; Background to the IMPACT study; Development of the guidelines; How to use the guidelines; Endometritis and abnormal blood loss; Perineal pain and dyspareunia; Caesarean section wound care and pain relief; Breastfeeding issues; Urinary problems; Bowel problems; Depression and other psychological morbidity; Fatigue; Backache; Headache; Appendix 1: search strategy; Appendix 2: Use of the Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale; Appendix 3: Symptom checklist; Index: Summary Guideline leaflets.


This practical handbook presents evidence-based guidelines for the identification and management of postnatal health needs. It reviews the evidence on the physical and psychological postpartum health problems experienced by women, and the primary management of these, and facilitates individualised care. The ten guidelines were developed by experts in postpartum health as part of a large randomised controlled trial and were peer reviewed by nationally acknowledged experts in each subject area. The guidelines were designed for use by midwives and incorporate criteria for referral, but will also be useful for other health professionals and for women. Leaflets presenting a summary of recommended management are held in a pocket inside the back cover, for ease of regular use.


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About the Authors

Debra Bick Author

Affiliations and Expertise

Professor of Midwifery and Women's Health, Editor in Chief Midwifery (an International Journal), Thames Valley University, London, UK

Christine MacArthur Author

Affiliations and Expertise

Professor of Material and Child Epidemiology, Department of Public Health and Epidemiology, University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, UK

Heather Winter Author

Affiliations and Expertise

Senior Clinical Lecturer in Public Health and Epidemiology, Department of Public Health and Epidemiology, University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, UK