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Evidence-based Care for Normal Labour and Birth: A guide for midwives
Evidence-based Care for Normal Labour and Birth: A guide for midwives
by Denis Walsh
Edition: Paperback
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Midwife and researcher extraordinaire!, January 14, 2009
Denis Walsh, midwife, midwifery consultant, and lecturer in the United Kingdom, believes profoundly in midwifery-led care and in the rhythmic course of physiological labor and birth. In his book, Evidence-Based Care for Normal Labour and Birth: A Guide for Midwives, addressing the relatively new evidence-based care paradigm, he seeks to expand the definition of "evidence" so that qualitative research gains credibility in a technological world enamored of quantification. He reminds readers of the huge collection of knowledge, ancient and modern, that qualifies as authentic evidence -- an extensive body of research supporting the natural physiology of labor and birth; midwives' intuitive and observational powers; and the unique stories, feelings, and reactions of birthing women throughout the ages. Much of this wisdom is in danger of being lost, submerged by the modern focus on technology and childbirth pathology that so many practitioners and childbearing women are struggling with each day.
Throughout, Walsh illustrates his points with studies and articles, suggesting the many areas that that call out for further exploration, and challenging readers to find ways to keep vital knowledge alive. Each chapter ends with "Practice Recommendations and Questions for Reflection.".
Among so many important issues, Walsh discusses "Evidence-based care: the new orthodoxy for maternity services," and acknowledges the proliferation of systematic reviews "embraced...with an almost evangelistic fervour." He critiques them, noting that many are politically laden efforts carried out against a background of increasing medicalization. Most research bypasses women's vital concerns, performed as it is in hospital settings subject to time pressures, institutional constraints and regulations, and mediated by power differences both within professional groups, and between professionals and women. He then contrasts the woman-centered "social" model of care with the large- scale "toxic" biomedical model. All the while he advocates for midwives' autonomy as they work in partnership with colleagues and with the women they serve.
This is an INVALUABLE guide for childbearing women, practitioners and obstetrical policy makers.


Mistress of Herself: Speeches and Letters of Ernestine Rose, Early Women's Rights Leader
Mistress of Herself: Speeches and Letters of Ernestine Rose, Early Women's Rights Leader
by Paula Doress-Worters
Edition: Paperback
Price: $14.28
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A vital nineteenth-century feminist brought to life, as modern as can be!, February 26, 2008
Paula Doress-Worters has brought to life a 19th-century feminist, Ernestine Rose,providing invaluable,instructive biographical commentaries at the beginning of each section. We marvel at Rose's gumption, her ability to overcome obstacles, her extensive travels throughout Europe and the U.S.,her gift of languages and her mission -- to enter wholeheartedly into the increasingly intense struggles in the U.S. and abroad to humanize attitudes toward women. She's not only interested in women's emancipation, but in abolition of slavery and all forms of misogyny.
Take the time to read Rose's speeches aloud to get an idea of their range and depth. She is strong,witty,courageous and gifted in speech-making. Surprisingly, many of her observations are as as current today as they were 150 years ago.
Doress-Worters has achieved a wonderful feat by enabling Rose to live again in our time!


The Official Lamaze Guide: Giving Birth With Confidence
The Official Lamaze Guide: Giving Birth With Confidence
by Judith Lothian
Edition: Paperback
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful book about childbearing, respectful and encouraging, and, above all, wise., November 18, 2005
Reading this book is like conversing with loving, knowledgeable friends. By being so gently, matter-of-factly certain about the "elegance" of the birthing process, Lothian and DeVries strongly counter today's obstetric fear-mongering and the non-stop "medicalization" of birth.
The authors provide a calm, strengthening atmosphere, blending physiological facts with practical advice and the wisdom of experience. They encourage women to apply to their labors the strengths they acquire while meeting life's challenges. They connect childbearing to the whole of women's lives.
Positive childbirth stories abound. The authors suggest that woman-to-woman conversations are especially important, and advise carefully listening to others' experiences -- how have other labors and births unfolded, where did they flow. or not flow, and why? Pay careful attention to what is said, and what is not said, the feelings that exist beneath the words.
Readers are referred, among other sites and publications, to The Maternity Center Association's useful website (now called The Childbirth Connection) and its literature, to birth advocacy groups, and to midwifery organizations.
This book is rare in its wholehearted support of natural birth. It reclaims the word "natural," which has been so scapegoated and abused. It's one of the books I'd recommend, along with Ina May Gaskin's Guide to Childbirth, to young women as a necessary part of their learning about pregnancy and childbirth. And it's a breath of fresh air to all of us so passionately concerned with the well-being of women and their babies.


Human Bones: A Scientific and Pictorial Investigation
Human Bones: A Scientific and Pictorial Investigation
by R. McNeill Alexander
Edition: Hardcover
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You'll see human bones in a new way, November 28, 2004
Do you take your bones for granted? You won't any more, after reading this well-designed book. You'll embark on an extraordinary adventure into the usually invisble land of bones, You'll learn about their useful and asthetically beautiful design, and marvel at the astonishing capacity of each kind of bone to perform its specialized function. R. McNeil Alexander's knowledgeable text and Aaron Diskin's intense, beautiful and alive photographs link us to the ancient past (and to our inevitable futures!) and shows us the strength and fragility of the essential framework that sustains each one of us.


Bring Deeps
Bring Deeps
by Elizabeth Arthur
Edition: Hardcover
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loving, past and present, beyond the reach of words, September 7, 2004
This review is from: Bring Deeps (Hardcover)
A beautiful story, moving constantly forward and back in time: Elizabeth Arthur's sentences and paragraphs are living songs, poetic cadences, as she depicts the many realms of love, hope, passion, desire and deception that exist far beyond words, and way back into time itself. I read this book straight through, sometimes distressed, always fascinated by Emrys' and Sebastion's powerful connection (and disconnections), by the strength of their characters and the risks they take. They are so deeply human in all ways, and make possible so many ways of living totally within oneself in relation to another.


The Medical Delivery Business: Health Reform, Childbirth, and the Economic Order
The Medical Delivery Business: Health Reform, Childbirth, and the Economic Order
by Barbara Bridgman Perkins
Edition: Hardcover
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The basic underpinnings of modern medical care: A Must Read!, August 6, 2004
This dense, nuanced and thoroughly researched book is an invaluable resource for those of us involved in critiques and reform of health care. It provides the history and rationale behind the corporatization of medicine -- its aims, structure and practices -- especially as such standardization adversely affects women giving birth, and babies, and the ability of our health care system to meet the needs of all people. It should be required reading for health care activists, professionals wishing to improve health care, and medical sociologists. I have been involved in the reform of standard medical care for childbearing women so that it becomes less medicalized, more woman-oriented and truly meets their needs, and understand far better why the system is so recalcitrant, not amenable to change. A clarifying dose of reality!


Dragonology: The Complete Book of Dragons (Ologies)
Dragonology: The Complete Book of Dragons (Ologies)
by Dugald Steer
Edition: Hardcover
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Makes me want to become a Dragonologist!, November 19, 2003
I spent this afternoon reading "Dragonology" with my six-and-a-half year old grandson! What a marvelous, mock-scientific, beautifully produced, funny book -- I just wish it had gone on FOREVER -- which is as long as the LUNG dragons live! It's one of the most compelling children's books I've seen in a long time, mixing fact (sort of) and fancy. Now I'm wondering about the other books that Candlewick Press has to offer.


Horse Heaven (Ballantine Reader's Circle)
Horse Heaven (Ballantine Reader's Circle)
by Jane Smiley
Edition: Paperback
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Horses, Humans & Other Animals, August 23, 2001
Horse Heaven is insightful, funny and complex. It offers us fascinating equine, human (& canine) characters, & is insightful, funny and complex. It may be best when read aloud for it has, at times, a rambling, conversational tone. Through each character it presents different facets of living and working in the racing world. It has definitely changed how I relate to my animals (horses, dog & cat)-- I "listen" to them more carefully, enjoy everything about them that isn't human-like, and try to see the world through their eyes, minds & souls, while paying more attention to my own. It is all about connection and disconnectedness, motives pure and impure, striving of many kinds -- also not-striving, just being. Read it, or listen to a good recording of it (Recorded Books is wonderful!), and enjoy!


Reading Birth and Death: A History of Obstetric Thinking
Reading Birth and Death: A History of Obstetric Thinking
by Jo Murphy-Lawless
Edition: Paperback
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A revelation: Leads to a focus upon woman-centered midwifery, May 31, 2000
This book is a must-read! I've been involved in maternity care reform (and revolution!) for thirty-one years, and Murphy-Lawless' book makes crystal-clear just how destructive and repressive obstetrics has been for women historically, and why most women today have been seduced by so-called "scientific obstetrics," their birthing experiences taken from them in so many ways. It pinpoints over and over again just how women's strengths, flexibility, emotional and physical abilities to bear their children have been denied them systematically for three hundred years. This book, rich with factual research, gives us a great deal of knowledge and strength, for once we understand the forces that fashioned modern obstetrical practice, we can regain the power and the strength to fashion a world in which we become the subjects, the "agents" of our own experiences, mainly by asserting that having children is a complex, profound event of life and health. Listen to the birthing stories of the women you know. Listen to what they say, and what they are not saying. See where they have felt strong, or felt that something important has been taken away from them. Examine your own strengths, and your own fears in the light of the information in this book. Have a wonderful read!


Islandia
Islandia
by Austin Tappan Wright
Edition: Library Binding
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Soul-changing, haunting, a place I long to see, January 23, 1999
This review is from: Islandia (Library Binding)
I have loved Islandia for many years. Its characters, scenery, atmosphere and drama captivate me time I read it. I imagine, looking at the map, what the landscape might look like. Its message is strong and relevant, filled with the complexity of trying to live a truly good life in increasingly complicated times; of getting to the essentials; of honoring friendship and love. (The distinction made in Islandia between three kinds of love is useful!) It's a wonderful adventure! And how much I would love to visit that land!


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