4. Supporting a Physiologic Approach to Labor and Birth

  1. Melissa D. Avery PhD, CNM, FACNM, FAAN
  1. Lisa Kane Low and
  2. Rebeca Barroso

Published Online: 24 JUN 2013

DOI: 10.1002/9781118783320.ch4

Supporting a Physiologic Approach to Pregnancy and Birth

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

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;
  • labor;
  • natural physiologic rhythm;
  • physiologic approach

Summary

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.