The Importance Of Maternity Care Practices

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Maternity care practices are continually changing how women are cared for during pregnancy, birth, and the postpartum period. But how a woman’s body functions during those times—and what she needs—hasn’t changed since the beginning of humankind. A key to having positive pregnancy, birth, and postpartum experiences is receiv- ing care that meets the family’s needs and desires. To receive such care, families must figure out just what their needs and desires are—and the first step is to learn all about these topics and their options for care. This is where we can help inform and guide expectant parents like you.
For this fifth edition, we’ve thoroughly updated the content to provide you with the latest medical information and best practices.
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WHY READ THIS BOOK
With abundant information on maternity and newborn care available from books, blogs, podcasts, websites and TV, you may wonder if there’s a need for a book like
Pregnancy, Childbirth, and the Newborn. Our resounding response is, “Yes, more than ever!” When preparing to have a baby, you need both the “wisdom of the ages” and the latest research in a single comprehensive and balanced resource.
That’s what this book
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That knowledge is reflected in these pages.
We understand that “one size fits all” doesn’t apply to maternity care. Our intent is to offer essential, accurate, and unbiased information—you decide how best to use it. Our goal is to discuss all options and help you make informed decisions that match your values and priorities.
HOW TO USE THIS BOOK
Pregnancy, childbirth, and newborn care are broad topics, and we discuss each thoroughly. However, we know that expectant parents might not have the time or desire to read this book from cover to cover. To help you find the information you need when you need it, we’ve organized the content in the order that events typi- cally occur. A detailed index notes where you can find information on a specific topic, and page references within the book point you to further discussion on a subject. We first describe normal, healthy processes along with their typical variations and the usual care practices for monitoring them. We next describe comfort mea- sures and self-help techniques that help you manage the challenges of pregnancy, birth, and the postpartum period. We then cover possible complications and

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