Birth Pain: A Guide for Pregnant Women

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Fresh Heart Publishing, 2011 - Education - 192 pages
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A book for pregnant women who would like to explore how best to cope with pain and fear - during their pregnancies and also during labour and birth. This book contains information about the physical and psychological functions of pain; cultural influences on the experience of labour pain; elective caesareans (are they a simpler alternative?); advantages and drawbacks of using drug-based pain relief; information and ideas on how to transform labour pain into an experience of strength and power. This book provides information on a very wide range of pain relief options, based on the author's experience of helping women and giving birth herself. Especially useful for women who want to have a straightforward natural birth, avoiding drugs during labour, if at all possible. The author is a midwife with over 30 years' experience and also a mother herself.
 

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Contents

02 Introduction
1
03 Ch 1 Cultural influences
3
04 Ch 2 Physiological functions
15
05 Ch 3 Elective caesareans
41
06 Ch 4 Pharmacological pain relief
61
07 Ch 5 Physiological approaches
71
08 Ch 6 Labour pain as a topic
115
09 Ch 7 The midwifes role
153
10 End matter Bibliography
160
11 End matter Index
169
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