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

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ISBN-13: 978-1444337716
ISBN-10: 1444337718
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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.

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"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)

Product Details

  • File Size: 5415 KB
  • Print Length: 424 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell; 3 edition (June 9, 2011)
  • Publication Date: June 9, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005C7CW70
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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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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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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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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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This is must-have in my doula bag! It is a wealth of information. It very clearly offers techniques to help assist in labor progression and also thoroughly explains the how, why, and when these techniques are useful. As a doula, it also clarifies for me why care providers might make certain decisions during a labor. I am very interested in science and enjoy reading medical journals and such. This is not nearly as dry as such articles and has many illustrations throughout, but it is more scientifically based than a lot of similar books. They provide a ton of evidence-based information. Although it is a bit pricey, I found it to be totally worth it.
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As a new L&D nurse, I found this book to be very helpful. It is a good supplement for the things I am learning on the floor. I have already learned so much for this. I am also a doula and thought it to be helpful for doulas .
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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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I carry this book in my doula bag, which I take with me to every birth. It is absolutely essential! Any time a labor is slow, I turn to this book and spinningbabies.com to help get the baby in the right position to be born. No birth professional should be without this book.
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