Normal Childbirth, 2nd Edition

Evidence and Debate
Editor :
Susan Downe
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 tende ...view more
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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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.

New to this edition
  • Updated statistics, both national and international
  • Latest research and debate

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

Author Information
Edited by Susan Downe, BA(Hons), MSc, PhD, RM, Professor of Midwifery Studies, University of Central Lancashire, Preston, UK