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The Labor Progress Handbook: Early Interventions to Prevent and Treat Dystocia [Kindle Edition]

Penny Simkin , Ruth Ancheta
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The third edition of The Labor Progress Handbook builds on the success of first two editions and remains an unparalleled resource on simple, non-invasive interventions to prevent or treat difficult labor.  Features new to this edition include two new chapters on third and fourth stage labor management and low-technology interventions, a complete analysis of directed versus spontaneous pushing, and additional information on massage techniques.

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Q&A with the Authors of The Labor Progress Handbook

Tell us a little bit about your book – who is it aimed at and how will it help them?

Our book is directed primarily toward l doctors, midwives, nurses, and educators, but also we find that doulas and childbirth educators also find it valuable. To our knowledge, The Labor Progress Handbook is the only book that focuses on safe, effective, low-technology, low-cost, low-risk ways to maintain and enhance labor progress.

These are all strategies that can be tried in non-urgent situations, and may prevent or resolve labor progress problems without the need for the higher-technology and higher risk medical and surgical solutions that are sometimes necessary.

What inspired this new edition of The Labor Progress Handbook?
We wanted to update the topics we have addressed in the previous editions. Also, we wanted to expand the scope of the book to include instruction and research evidence on low technology clinical interventions (manual techniques, medications, and others), for practitioners who prefer a low intervention management style.

We also added a chapter on ways to maintain and promote progress and normalcy in the third and fourth stages of labor. We have a new contributor for these chapters, Lisa Hanson, CNM, PhD. To accommodate this new material, along with updates throughout the book, this edition is about 100 pages longer than the previous one.

What differentiates your book from others in the field?

We are not aware of any other book that combines all the same information in one source. Also, our first 8 chapters serve as a text, with in-depth, evidence-based discussion and explanations. The last two chapters – the “Labor Progress Toolkit” --are formatted for quick reference when working with a laboring woman.

Why did you feel it was important to include two new chapters, one on low technology interventions and one about management of the third and fourth stages?
As stated above, we felt the new chapters round out the topics and make for a comprehensive approach to the whole of labor, and offer more effective ways to minimize the need for high intervention management techniques.

Dr. Hanson contributed her expertise, making the book more useful for medical and nursing professionals looking for updated information. These new chapters also help doulas and childbirth educators understand and assist when low technology approaches are used.

What do you feel are the reasons for the success of The Labor Progress Handbook over the years?
We wrote the LPH because we were aware of a large number of labor progress strategies, but they had never been gathered systematically into one publication. We were very concerned over the rapid increase in primary cesareans, most of which were done for inadequate progress in labor.

Our intention was to compile and present every effective and safe low-intervention technique to maintain or restore labor progress. Care providers need a quick reference to the many low-risk, ‘primary’ interventions that can be tried, before implementing higher-tech, higher risk interventions.


"Each edition of The Labor Progress Handbook improves on the previous one, and this third edition is an even more indispensable resource for maternity care practitioners, especially within the context of today's overuse of birth technology, cesarean sections, and nonevidence-based management practices. Congratulations, Penny Simkin and Ruth Ancheta! You've given caregivers a powerful gift to pass on to childbearing women ... again!." (Birth, 1 March 2012)

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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent reference for natural childbirth June 16, 2011
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As an obstetrics provider, this is an excellent manual for helping deliveries progress naturally and decreasing your cesarean section rate. The book makes great suggestions for encouraging labor progress with position changes, etc before proceeding to medical interventions that also carry greater risk. Evidence-based with excellent references after each chapter. Perfect for anyone involved in the care of women during labor & delivery, including OB/GYN's, Midwives, MD's, RN's, and Doulas.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Invaluable information! December 30, 2011
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I am a birth doula and I just finished reading through this book. I cannot believe how much information is in this book! It is well organized and provides evidence based ways to promote a "normal" labor. Though it was written for care providers, I can see the information in this book greatly helping me in future births. Not only do I have a greater understanding of what the nurses, midwives, and doctors are can do, but I can implement a lot of the interventions as well- such as knowing which positions help turn a baby who is OP. And when an intervention is beyond my scope, I can still explain to the family (if needed) how the intervention is designed to help.

The only reason I decided on a 4-star rating is for the Kindle version of this book. There were a few minor typos and grammatical errors. None of them made the material unreadable, but it was annoying.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars EXCELLENT READ! March 18, 2012
By Dena
Format:Kindle Edition
I'm still reading this in Kindle form on my IPhone and I love the content. I feel like every time I pick up reading, I'm learning so many new thing that I can easily incorporate. Love it!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ideal for birth junkies October 11, 2011
This book is geared towards the birth professional, but is written in language that's non-technical enough for a birth junkie mom to understand. My first was born by c-section due to a malposition, and I love that Simkin directly addresses the issues that caused our troubles and offers solutions. That she does so with copious medical citations makes this even better.

I would not recommend this for the woman not very interested in birth (Ina May Gaskin's Guide to Natural Childbirth is better for that) but if birth fascinates you this book is ideal.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Indispensable reference October 29, 2012
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This handbook is a must-have for professional labor and birth support persons. An easy read, especially if you already have knowledge of the physiology of birth, and it's easy to find the particular topic you need when you need it. I turn to it again and again in my practice. And of course author Penny Simkin is a leading authority in the area. Highly recommend.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great November 15, 2012
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I'm an aspiring midwife and I think the information in this book is so great. Also the fact that I can take it with me on my iPad makes this a valuable resource.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wish I would have read this before my Daughter May 5, 2012
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I wish I would have read this text before delivering my daughter 2 years ago. it would have prevented a lot of problems and frustration. Excellent book for educators and doulas. I wish all OBGNYN's and delivery nurses would read this text!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Easily my #1 pick out of 3 boxes of preg books June 16, 2014
We are preparing for baby #3 and in getting out stuff from the basement I realized I have 3 big diaper boxes of books, I went through all of them and this is easily my must have book. I donated all but a few to the library. I have the second edition. When it comes right down to it this is the stuff you need to know. I had a c-section with my first (i wish I'd had this book then) and a VBAC with my second. I remember at my last pregnancy asking my doctor some questions at a 39 week check up about how I was progressing and he said I really knew my stuff and he'd never had anyone ask one of them before. If this is your first pregnancy then you will probably want a 'week-by-week' book to accompany this one too but this is a MUST!!!
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Great book!!!! Definitely an essential for anyone in the birthing world.
Published 2 months ago by Nicole Mutter
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a must have clinical handboook that should be ...
This is a must have clinical handboook that should be on the shelf of every Midwifes labor suite,home and /or office.
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This is a book I wish I had years ago!
Published 3 months ago by M. Robinson
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great information
Published 4 months ago by Jamie D Corbet
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Yes, I am looking for customer service. I wanted to get a BOOK, to hold and read and turn pages. Please tell me that's what you are sending me. Thank you. PS. Read more
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Published 5 months ago by Doula
5.0 out of 5 stars Does this book discuss problems with the baby decending ?
Just wondering if this book has way to help the baby decend ?? thanks really appreciate it. thanks again. :)
Published 10 months ago by Lorriger rogerson
5.0 out of 5 stars great book
book was in great condition and arrived in a timely fashion. Great pocket resource for my line of work and I use it everyday
Published 11 months ago by Maria Nnaji
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
Great!! This book has wonderful references to support natural birth. I use it all the time.... It is a go to book for positioning
Published 14 months ago by Tracie
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