Birth Pain: Explaining Sensations, Exploring Possibilities : a Guide for Midwives

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Fresh Heart Publishing, 2011 - Childbirth - 192 pages
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A book for midwives who would like to explore how best to help women cope with pain and fear. This book contains information about the physiological and psychological functions of pain; cultural influences on the experience of labour pain; elective caesareans, which are supposedly a simpler alternative; advantages and drawbacks of using pharmacological pain relief; information and ideas on how to transform labour pain into an experience of strength and power. While the book provides information on a very wide range of pain relief options and the emphasis is on maternal choice, it also presents many convincing arguments for normal physiological birth. It can therefore make a contribution to helping reduce the rate of unnecessary caesareans and help midwives improve rates of maternal satisfaction. Forewords by Dr Trudy Stevens and Dr Helene Vadeboncoeur."

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02 Introduction
03 Ch 1 Cultural influences
04 Ch 2 Physiological functions
05 Ch 3 Elective caesareans
06 Ch 4 Pharmacological pain relief
07 Ch 5 Physiological approaches
08 Ch 6 Labour pain as a topic
09 Ch 7 The midwifes role
10 End matter Bibliography WED
11 End matter Index

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