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Heart and Hands: A Midwife's Guide to Pregnancy and Birth
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Heart and Hands: A Midwife's Guide to Pregnancy and Birth


For over two decades, Heart & Hands has been a beloved guide for both midwives and parents interested in the benefits of midwifery care. This all-new fourth edition has been revised from start to finish, featuring updated material that emphasizes independent midwifery, physiologic (natural) birth, and the art of nonintervention. Midwifery expert Elizabeth Davis includes valuable hints for turning breech and posterior babies, mediating pain in labor, and supporting newborn physiology. Davis also reveals the keys to postpartum recovery, with practical tips on breastfeeding for busy mothers. Comprehensive and compassionate, Heart & Hands remains a dog-eared classic for parents, midwives, and other birthing helpers. Thoroughly revised and updated fourth edition of the classic text for midwives, also useful for expecting parents, nurses, childbirth educators, doulas, and other labor helpers. Features new diagrams and photographs, updated midwifery forms, and an expanded resource list for parents. Expanded sections on GBS, VBAC, gestational diabetes, and water birth address current controversies. Previous editions have sold more than 150,000 copies.

Title:Heart and Hands: A Midwife's Guide to Pregnancy and Birth
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:328 pages
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    Heart and Hands: A Midwife's Guide to Pregnancy and Birth Reviews

  • Marisella
    Jan 26, 2010

    The terrible labor and delivery of my first child was dismal, due to the barbaric idiocy of the obstetric teaching and methods in this country. Take a woman who's in labor, lay her on her back, occlud...

  • Megan
    Aug 03, 2008

    I first read this book when I was trying to decide whether to stay a doula, become a nurse-midwife and work in hospitals, or become a licensed midwife and work at home births. I also wanted to read it...

  • Joanna
    Sep 07, 2014

    It didn’t take long for this book to rivet my attention. On the very first page, Elizabeth Davis frankly stated that “twenty-nine countries lose fewer babies than we do”. This was kind of a shoc...

  • Annie
    Sep 27, 2012

    Elizabeth Davis' "Heart and Hands: A Midwife's Guide to Pregnancy and Birth" is a very thorough introduction to the practice of midwifery written in a very accessible style. The book is useful to thos...

  • LM
    Jun 21, 2012

    I bought this text book purely because someone online said it talked about determining dilation by looking at a line going up a woman's bum. Since I don't do my own cervical checks, and I found them t...

  • Amie
    Aug 28, 2007

    This book is the heart and soul of midwifery care. Not only is there comprehensive coverage of normal pregnancy, labor and birth care with loads of information on handling complications but the book c...

  • Ruby
    Jul 24, 2007

    i screened this book. it is primarily targeted at women interested in midwifery, not women interested in exploring the midwife option for their upcoming delivery. that said, it would be a good guide f...

  • Stephanie
    Jul 19, 2012

    I adored this book. I see and feel midwifery in my future, but for now this book confirmed that supporting women in pregnancy and childbirth is my calling. This book has prepared me and inspired me on...

  • Molly Westerman
    Jun 29, 2012

    An extremely readable and inviting overview of the profession of midwifery and of parents' and midwives' experiences of pregnancy & birth. I'd recommend it to doulas looking for more in-depth informat...

  • Tiff Miller
    Aug 04, 2013

    Being my first ever midwifery text, I am glad for Elizabeth Davis' writing style. It flowed so well, affirmed so much I have already learned during my apprenticeship, and expanded my knowledge on even...