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The go-to guide to childbirth completely revised and updated with new chapters

Highly acclaimed for its authoritative coverage of obstetric care and concise, easy-to-read format, Oxorn-Foote Human Labor & Birth is an essential resource for anyone performing or assisting in childbirth. Written for the real world of clinical practice, the popular guide expertly examines all mechanisms of labor and delivery. Updated and revised, this seventh edition offers proven best practices and step-by-step guidance to obstetric procedures, techniques, and patient management.

Oxorn-Foote Human Labor & Birth opens with a valuable review of clinical anatomy, followed by a thorough examination of the three stages of labor, with a focus on proper management and birthing techniques. The authors provide specific guidance on the full spectrum of complications and delivery situations, including Cesarean section, breech presentation, transverse lie, umbilical cord issues, dystocia, and more. Critical concerns such as preterm labor, antepartum hemorrhage, maternal and fetal complications, intrapartum infections, and post-term pregnancy are also addressed. No other book presents so much vital information in such a clearly illustrated manner.


New! Patient Safety and Quality Assurance chapter with guidance on incorporating quality improvement into an obstetrics program
New! Medical Education chapter with a summary of adult learning theory and advice on providing individual and interprofessional team training
Full-color design with hundreds of original images clearly illustrating the techniques described
Key points are bulleted throughout to facilitate quick and easy retrieval of information

Part I. Clinical Anatomy

1. Pelvis: Bones, Joints, and Ligaments

2. The Pelvic Floor

3. Perineum

4. Uterus and Vagina

5. Obstetric Pelvis

6. The Passenger: Fetus

7. Fetopelvic Relationships

8. Engagement, Synclitism, Asynclitism

Part II. First Stage of Labor

9. Examination of the Patient

10. Normal Mechanisms of Labor

11. Clinical Course of Normal Labor

12. Fetal Health Surveillance in Labor

13. Induction of Labor

14. Labor Dystocia

15. Abnormal Cephalic Presentations

Part III. Second Stage of Labor

16. The Second Stage of Labor

17. Operative Vaginal Delivery

18. Shoulder Dystocia

Part IV. Third Stage of Labor

19. Delivery of the Placenta, Retained Placenta, and Placenta Accreta

20. Postpartum Hemorrhage

21. Episiotomy, Lacerations, Uterine Rupture, and Inversion

Part V. Complicated Labor

22. Cesarean Section

23. Trial of Labor After Previous Cesarean Section

24. Obesity in Pregnancy

25. Breech Presentation

26. Transverse Lie

27. Compound Presentation

28. The Umbilical Cord

29. Multiple Pregnancy

Part VI. Other Issues

30. Preterm Labor

31. Antepartum Hemorrhage

32. Maternal Complications in Labor

33. Labor in the Presence of Fetal Complications

34. Intrapartum Infections

35. Postterm Pregnancy

36. Obstetric Anesthesia and Analgesia

37. Intrapartum Imaging

38. The Puerperium

39. The Newborn Infant
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