An Attitude to Care
by Dianne Garland
The use of warm water immersion throughout the birthing process is renowned for its physical and psychological benefits, yet just a fifth of all birth in the UK are carried out in this way. How can you, as a midwife, overcome the issues behind this statistic and offer waterbirth as a safe and viable delivery option?
From and internationally renowned and respected midwife, this essential text guides you through the clinical, practical and organizational considerations for delivery in water. It explores:
the specific skills and specialist care required for attending births in this setting
the practicalities of mutual engagement with parents in water
the history and evolution of hydrotherapeutic theory
real-life birth experiences of mothers and practitioners from around the world.
Presented in a personal and engaging style, the book draws on the author's extensive experience. It is structured around the 'WATERBIRTH' mnemonic, a useful tool for remembering the many facets of waterbirth practice. It offers a rounded exploration of procedures, assessing the birthing roles of midwives, mothers and their partners and seeking to promote intrapartum normality though the enhancement of midwifery knowledge.
Featuring a wealth of interactive features, such as discussion questions and signposts to a range of supportive multimedia resources, Revisiting Waterbirth is insightful reading for anyone with academic, professional or personal interests in immersion birthing.
About the author
DIANNE GARLAND is a registered Midwife with over 20 years of experience, who has successfully introduced midwifery changes in order to enhance woman centered care. She is committed to the development of midwives' lifelong education through learning contracts which integrate theory and practice. She has experience of working with a multi-professional team within an NHS trust and with outside agencies.