12. Rethinking Care on the Hospital Labor Unit

  1. Melissa D. Avery PhD, CNM, FACNM, FAAN
  1. Emily Higdon,
  2. Rachel Woodard,
  3. Kristin Rood and
  4. Heidi Jean Bernard

Published Online: 24 JUN 2013

DOI: 10.1002/9781118783320.ch12

Supporting a Physiologic Approach to Pregnancy and Birth

Supporting a Physiologic Approach to Pregnancy and Birth

How to Cite

Higdon, E., Woodard, R., Rood, K. and Bernard, H. J. (2013) Rethinking Care on the Hospital Labor Unit, in Supporting a Physiologic Approach to Pregnancy and Birth (ed M. D. Avery), John Wiley & Sons, Inc., West Sussex, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781118783320.ch12

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 24 JUN 2013
  2. Published Print: 3 JUN 2013

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470962862

Online ISBN: 9781118783320

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Keywords:

  • birth care;
  • hospital labor unit

Summary

This chapter focuses on approaches to care on the labor and birth unit—reviewing recent evidence and trends in birth care; the change process—discussing methods to implement change; and finally a vision of the new labor and delivery unit—descriptions of what the experience of labor and birth can look like on the new labor unit. To illuminate the possibilities by implementing evidence-based changes on the hospital labor unit, a case study in three parts is presented throughout the chapter. By assisting low-risk women to have a low-intervention birth in a home-like environment, a shorter and more satisfying labor, birth, and postpartum experience is possible for the mother, the infant, and the family. A similar approach to care can also be useful and appropriate for women with a more complex pregnancy or labor while also providing the required level of care.