Optimal Care in Childbirth

American College of Nurse Midwives’ 2013 Book of the Year!

What practices and policies best promote safe, healthy, satisfying labor and birth? What harms do routine or frequent use of tests, procedures, and restrictions introduce? What nonmedical factors drive the current maternity care system? Meticulously documented, Optimal Care in Childbirth: The Case for a Physiologic Approach pulls back the curtain on medical-model management of childbirth.

This book is written for professional audiences including midwives, physicians, and nurses, and is also highly praised by doulas, childbirth educators, and maternity care reform advocates.

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