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The Labor Progress Handbook: Early Interventions to Prevent and Treat Dystocia Paperback – October 24, 2005

ISBN-13: 978-1405122177 ISBN-10: 140512217X Edition: 2nd

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell; 2 edition (October 24, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 140512217X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1405122177
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 7.4 x 5.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #619,977 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"This is a concise and valuable handbook.... The Labor Progress Handbook belongs in every lab coat pocket, in every birth room, and at all of our finger-tips as we help women to labor as normally as possible." (Journal of Midwifery & Women's Health)

"Any book supporting the normal progress of labour is welcome; this one provides many interesting and practical tips, particularly in relation to psycho-social support measures."
Helen Cheyne, University of Stirling

Book Description

Dystocia or failure to progress in labor is the main reason for cesarean deliveries. The second edition of this successful text focuses on simple non-invasive interventions to prevent or treat difficult labor. It describes positions, movements and techniques based on principles of anatomy, physiology and psychology of childbirth. The Labor Progress Handbook is organized by stage of labor for easy reference, enabling the care giver to quickly identify appropriate low cost, low risk interventions and treat dystocia effectively, at an early stage before it becomes severe. The new edition has been thoroughly revised and updated and includes a new chapter on assessing progress in labor, together with new sections on managing labor pain, normal labor and additional positions and maneuvers. The rationale for all techniques is included based on the authors' clinical experience and wherever possible on the underlying evidence base.

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This book should be on the recommended reading list for all doula training programs!
Debbie Boucher
The illustrations are very informative, the text is well organized, and the suggestions are well-documented both from research and from anecdotal evidence.
Alicia Huntley CNM MSN
Despite my best intentions I did end up with an epidural, but this book help demystify the process of labor.
Myridian

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54 of 54 people found the following review helpful By Henci Goer on November 5, 2000
Format: Paperback
Every once in awhile, a book on childbirth comes along that is a standout. The Labor Progress Handbook is one of those books, but what else would one expect from Penny Simkin and Ruth Ancheta? The authors have produced a lucid, logical, beautifully organized, clearly written, bounteously illustrated, meticulously documented book that gives birth professionals a systematic, practical basis to prevent, diagnose, and treat poor progress in labor. Approaching dystocia holistically, the authors consider the effects of the woman's emotional state, her environment, and the impact of hospital or caregiver policies and attitudes in addition to the standard "powers, passage, passenger" explanation for labor progress. And they are woman centered: the laboring woman is the active agent in resolving difficulties, and the unacceptability of a recommendation always contraindicates its use. If you teach about labor, care for laboring women, or work as a doula or birth assistant, you should--no, must--read this book.
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35 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Alicia Huntley CNM MSN on May 3, 2000
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This deceptively slim book is jam-packed with useful information that can be used by just about anyone involved in childbirth today. I have recommended it be added as a textbook to the midwifery program where I teach, and I am planning to purchase a copy for the nursing station of the hospital where I work. The illustrations are very informative, the text is well organized, and the suggestions are well-documented both from research and from anecdotal evidence.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Ann Grauer on March 31, 2000
Format: Paperback
At last, a book for all birth professionals that is concise, informative and in an "easy-to-look-up" format! There is a bibliography at the end of each chapter, allowing the professional to give citations to clients and to allow her to actually read the studies if she so chooses.
The size of the book makes it easy for a doula to throw into her birth bag or for a nurse to have handy on a labor and delivery unit. The amount of information packed into its' size is incredible.
I now heartily recommend this book to all of my birthing friends and doulas who take my training. Bravo, Penny and Ruth! And thanks for making the evidence easier to access!
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Debbie Boucher on August 12, 2001
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This book should be on the recommended reading list for all doula training programs! In a clear, concise, and thoughtful way, Penny explains what makes labor progress, how to recognize labor progress, and how to help with labor progress. My copy is always in my birth bag. I have used it at several births for various reasons, and have always found it to be helpful, with reminders or even just to reaffirm that I've done everything possible. I recommend this book for anyone in the childbirth field and for expectant couples as well!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By L. Esterline on July 16, 2005
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Having labored with three babies who presented posterior and caused long hard labors, I have looked for information after each one. After the second baby delivered posterior, and I became pregnant with my third, I came across this book. Reading it two or three times before my delivery, I had it almost memorized and used a lot of the suggestions from it. The third delivery (thanks to help from this book and my doctor) we were able to turn the baby. I can't credit the book entirely since my doctor had to manually turn the baby's head, but I do think the positioning and activities the book suggested were half the victory. I wish all birth professionals would read and reread the book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Michal Levy on August 1, 2005
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It's clear that the book is writen for professionals because of the jargon, and in my opinion every professional should read it! I am on my way to become a doula and unfortunately this book is not on the required reading list, I think it should be. It is an important tool for when labor doesn't progress 'as it should', and offers options and ideas to try before the drugs and machines are introduced to speed up labor are introduced.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 25, 2000
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If you are involved in labour support, you will love this book. It is very thorough and has lots of illustrations to make the points clearly. I'd highly recommend it!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By SethB. on May 15, 2008
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I own the last edition and find it invaluable in my practice. Can't wait to see what's new and exciting here
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