- Paperback: 200 pages
- Publisher: Routledge; 1 edition (June 8, 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0415418917
- ISBN-13: 978-0415418911
- Product Dimensions: 9.6 x 6.9 x 0.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,202,528 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Evidence-based Care for Normal Labour and Birth: A guide for midwives 1st Edition
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'In his multi-faceted book Denis Walsh explores research-based evidence about birth, examining practices in the orthodox medical method and empirically-based and more adventurous midwifery practice. He raises the questions that need to be asked about the medical management of birth, and considers ways in which it might be changed to focus instead on women's needs and spontaneous psycho-physiological processes. Denis Walsh stimulates creative thinking...he is essential reading for all student midwives.' - Sheila Kitzinger, birth activist
'A well written and powerful book which is a must for midwives, mothers and the medical profession. Denis Walsh eloquently exposes the faults and failures in our current provision of maternity services and offers alternatives that challenge the orthodoxy of the biomedical model.' - Professor Paul Lewis, Academic Head of Midwifery and Child Health, Bournemouth University, UK
'This scholarly, readable book provides a springboard for practitioners to jump into the deep pool of their own and their client's experiences...Throughout, this book celebrates the dignity of childbearing women, emphasizing their need for kind, respectful, and compassionate care.' - Jane Pincus, Birth, September 2008
About the Author
Denis Walsh is Senior Lecturer at the University of Central Lancashire, UK, and an independent midwifery consultant.
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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.
Current medical interventionalist models view birth as normal only in retrospect. Midwives understand that birthing women display many types of "normal". READ THIS BOOK AND START ASKING THE QUESTIONS OF YOURSELF AND YOUR PRACTICE. Do we really have the evidence for what we do? Is this kind of evidence able to allow for examination of womens experience of the interventions and their impact on their birthing? There is lots of work to be done to understand what is normal.