4. Supporting a Physiologic Approach to Labor and Birth
- Melissa D. Avery PhD, CNM, FACNM, FAAN
Published Online: 24 JUN 2013
Copyright © 2013 by John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
Supporting a Physiologic Approach to Pregnancy and Birth
How to Cite
Low, L. K. and Barroso, R. (2013) Supporting a Physiologic Approach to Labor and Birth, in Supporting a Physiologic Approach to Pregnancy and Birth (ed M. D. Avery), John Wiley & Sons, Inc., West Sussex, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781118783320.ch4
- Published Online: 24 JUN 2013
- Published Print: 3 JUN 2013
Print ISBN: 9780470962862
Online ISBN: 9781118783320
- natural physiologic rhythm;
- physiologic approach
This chapter presents a discussion of evidence-based strategies that the maternity care providers can employ to support women during normal childbirth, avoiding the routine use of non-evidence-based medical interventions. It describes the supportive roles of maternity care providers, working within the social context of childbirth keeping the woman and her needs central. The chapter presents an overview of techniques that the maternity care providers can use to promote a physiologic approach to labor and birth, including how to be present, supportive, and responsive to the woman's needs as her labor and birth unfold. Finally, a review of specific routine maternity care practices that can disrupt normal labor and birth is identified, along with alternative approaches to care.