This book is an attempt to bring together experts in their respective
fields to place in one volume, for the first time, a comprehensive
examination of normal birth practice. A glance through the Contents
pages will reveal the variety of perspectives included here. Soo and I
wanted to capture, as far as we could, a holistic overview of the current
state of knowledge and skills in the wonderful complexity of labour
For both patient and the practitioner, few things are as dramatic and rewarding
as childbirth. After months of anticipation and careful antepartum care, labor
is the last phase of pregnancy in which prudent decisions can improve outcome.
With over 130 million births in the world, 4 million of which occur in the
United States, it is imperative that the clinicians are current on the recent developments
of intrapartum management.
The first edition of this book (Watson, 1995) was a landmark in the sense
that it was the first textbook to deal exclusively with the issue of accountability
in nursing. The present edition has similarities to and differences from
the first edition. The similarities are necessary in order to provide continuity
and are represented by some of the original authors being involved. The
differences are essential and are represented by some additional authors and
also by developments in some of the original chapters....