Chapter 10. Midwifery Skills for Normalising Unusual Labours

  1. Denis Walsh RM, MA, PhD Associate Professor in Midwifery2 and
  2. Soo Downe RM, BSc, PhD Professor of Midwifery Studies3
  1. Verena Schmid Founder1 and
  2. Soo Downe RM, BSc, PhD Professor of Midwifery Studies3

Published Online: 17 FEB 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9781444317701.ch10

Essential Midwifery Practice: Intrapartum Care

Essential Midwifery Practice: Intrapartum Care

How to Cite

Schmid, V. and Downe, S. (2010) Midwifery Skills for Normalising Unusual Labours, in Essential Midwifery Practice: Intrapartum Care (eds D. Walsh and S. Downe), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444317701.ch10

Editor Information

  1. 2

    University of Nottingham, UK

  2. 3

    Midwifery Studies Research Unit, University of Central Lancashire, UK

Author Information

  1. 1

    Florence, Italy

  2. 3

    Midwifery Studies Research Unit, University of Central Lancashire, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 17 FEB 2010
  2. Published Print: 22 JAN 2010

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405176989

Online ISBN: 9781444317701

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Keywords:

  • midwifery skills for normalising unusual labours;
  • beliefs on nature of normality in childbirth;
  • understanding labour physiology;
  • cultural, cognitive aspects interacting with physiologic aspects and changing them;
  • birth process - dialogue and communication between physiological systems;
  • communication between neocortex and cortex and sympathetic and parasympathetic nerve systems;
  • Mother–baby bond and fetal–placental system;
  • laws of physiology in labour;
  • long labours, early pushing urge (EPU) and breech birth;
  • vaginal birth after Caesarean section (VBAC)

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • Understanding labour physiology

  • The laws of physiology in labour

  • Midwifery skills for unusual normal labour

  • Conclusion

  • References