Woman-centered Care in Pregnancy and Childbirth

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Radcliffe Publishing, 2010 - Medical - 575 pages
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A woman-centered approach to pregnancy must be flexible enough to address the variety of women's experiences around the world, encompassing medical conditions, cultures and family structures. It must also include women who choose not to carry a pregnancy or experience a miscarriage. This unique woman-centered text explores all these issues and more, providing a vital resource for primary care maternity clinicians and trainees including family physicians, nurse practitioners, women's health clinicians, midwives, obstetrical nurses and obstetricians. It applies the powerful, proven model of patient-centered care to pregnancy and birth - an expansion beyond previous applications to various chronic illnesses. Woman-Centered Care in Pregnancy and Childbirth incorporates dozens of vignettes describing clinicians' approaches to woman-centered maternity care with women and families from a variety of social, cultural, and economic situations facing common or problematic challenges over the course of prenatal care, birth and the postpartum period. 'An ideal reference book for every medical and midwifery school library - indeed every public library. This is an immense piece of work, which despite the differences in the way that healthcare is organised in the USA, has great relevance to the practice of midwives and all obstetricians practicing in the UK.' Wendy Savage in her Foreword
 

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Contents

The Magnitude of the Problem
13
Understanding the Experience of Pregnancy and Childbirth
63
Normal Pregnancy
65
Problems in Pregnancy
120
Understanding the Woman in Context
163
The Proximal Context
165
Challenging Assumptions
188
The Larger Context Culture Community and Beyond
228
Pregnancy
265
Intrapartum and Postpartum Care
286
Prevention and Health Promotion
333
Enhancing the Clinical Relationship in Woman Centered Care in Pregnancy and Childbirth
383
Being Realistic an Uphill Battle
431
Complete Vignettes The Women and the Providers
470
Contributors
554
Index
563

Finding Common Ground in the Care of Pregnant Laboring and Postpartum Women
263

Common terms and phrases

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