Waterbirth Unplugged - 2nd Edition - ISBN: 9781898507536

Waterbirth Unplugged

2nd Edition

International Perspectives of Waterbirth

Authors: Beverley Lawrence Beech
Paperback ISBN: 9781898507536
Imprint: Books for Midwives
Published Date: 30th October 1996
Page Count: 144


It comprises a collection of chapters covering all aspects of waterbirth as well as a look at how waterbirth practices differ around the world.

Topics include:
Why a waterbirth? Marsden Wagner, Janet Balaskas and Michel Odent
The physiology of waterbirth. Gerd Eldering and Konrad Selke and Paul Johnson
Waterbirth and the family. Jayn Ingrey and Roger Lichy
Technology and childbirth. Beverley Lawrence Beech and Rosemary Jenkins
Waterbirth and the mid-wife. Caroline Flint, Cass Nightingale and Dianne Garland.
Waterbirth and the obstetician. Jole Muscat, Michael Adam, Patrick Snora, Michael J Rosenthal and Faith Haddad.
Waterbirth internationally. Athena Vassie, Piera Maghella and Anne Uller.
Waterbirth - the way forward. Judy Bothamley, Joanne Chadwick, Yehudi Gordon and Lesley Page.

Table of Contents

Introduction; Opening address by Baroness Cumberlege;
Why a water birth: Birth in the 21st Century – Where are we going?, Why do women want a birth pool?, Are we marine chimps?; The physiology of water birth: Water birth – a possible mode of delivery?, Birth under water – to breathe or not to breath?; Water birth and the family: Parents' rights when choosing to use a birth pool, Water births in a rural community; Technology and childbirth: Is obstetrics good for your health?, Assessing the effect of a new health technology; Water birth and the midwife: Water birth and the role of the midwife, Water and pain relief – observations of over 570 water births at Hillingdon, The role of the midwifery supervisor; Water birth and the obstetrician: A thousand water births – selection criteria and outcome, Water birth in Vienna – facts, thoughts and philosophy of the Geburtshaus, Water birth in a private medical hospital in France, The use of warm water immersion in labour at the Family Birthing Centre of Upland (California), Labour and birth in water – An Obstetrician's observations over a decade; Water birth internationally: Water birth in Australia, Water birth in Italy, Water birth in Denmark; Water birth - The way forward: Evaluating immersion in water – issues to be considered regarding a randomised controlled trial, Water birth – the safety issues, Surviving the onslaught of the uninformed; Water Birth Practice Questionnaire.


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About the Author

Beverley Lawrence Beech

Affiliations and Expertise

Chair of the Association for Improvements in the Maternity Services