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Normal Childbirth: Evidence and Debate

Author: Soo Downe

Item Code: MI2533

Category: Texts - Midwifery


In Normal Childbirth: Evidence and Debate, Soo Downe covers a wide variety of subjects, with international contributors giving the benefit of their expertise. This evidence-based text offers a widely applicable source book on multiple aspects of normal birth, proposing new approaches and paradigms for future research and practice.


Section 1: Ways of Seeing (Chapters 1-3); Section 2: Aspects of Normality (Chapters 4-6); Section 3: Evidence (Chapters 7-11).

  1. From being to becoming: reconstructing childbirth knowledge
  2. The role of pain in normal birth and the empowerment of women
  3. Birth and spirituality
  4. Normal birth: Women's stories
  5. Midwives' practices in eleven UK maternity units
  6. Midwives constructing 'normal birth'
  7. Risk, safety and the study of physiological birth
  8. The early pushing urge: practice and discourse
  9. Foetal to neonatal transition: first, do no harm
  10. Promoting normal birth: weighing the evidence
  11. Aspects of a controversy: summary and debate

216 pages. England 2008.

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