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Obstetric Myths Versus Research Realities: A Guide to the Medical Literature

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Anyone working to improve the childbearing experience and help women avoid unnecessary intervention has encountered numerous obstetric myths or old doctors' tales. And while the evidence in the medical literature may be solidly, often unequivocably, against whatever the doctor said, without access to that evidence, the pregnant woman is quite reasonably going to follow her ...more
Paperback, 400 pages
Published February 28th 1995 by Praeger Publishers (first published 1995)
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Feb 28, 2013 Heather rated it really liked it
I might like to buy this someday.

I didn't realize how old it was before I interlibrary-loaned it. It's quite interesting, but funny to read about maternity care research from the 80s.
Jun 20, 2008 Travis rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: parents to be
Recommended to Travis by: a midwife
This book is amazingly well reseached and anyone who is concerned with how the medical system 'manages' birth or is thinking about birth in a hospial with some concern should read it. It's expensive, but worth every penny.
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Nov 05, 2008 Jenni Pertuset rated it really liked it
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I wanted a home birth, my husband thought it'd safer in a hospital -- until we read this. It's a clear, readable presentation of the gap between what research shows is best for mother and baby and the typical medical treatment of labor and birth. (We decided on a birth center).
Apr 25, 2008 Sharon rated it really liked it
What can I say... We (healthcare providers) all know we should be using research based practice. But so much of the time we let the social expections and the old myths about childbirth guide us instead. I would read an updated version of this book today.
Deena Scintilla
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If more OBs would practice according to the evidence-based research, health care costs would be much less and our infant AND maternal mortality rates would drop.
Feb 17, 2008 Dee rated it it was amazing
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Please, please, for the love of birth, please come out with an update for this book. It is an invaluable resource.
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