Pelvic Health & Childbirth

What Every Woman Needs to Know

“A good plan today is better than a perfect plan tomorrow” 

This book – the first of its kind – is designed to help both women who already suffer from this “silent epidemic” and women who wish to assess the risks of vaginal delivery. Dr. Magnus Murphy, an obstetrician and gynecologist who specializes in pelvic floor disorder, and coauthor Carol L. Wasson give women the vital information they need to understand symptoms, find treatment, and weigh their childbirth options. Among the topics discussed are advances in labor and delivery, the politics of childbirth, the anatomy and function of the pelvic floor, the wide range of symptoms resulting from damage to the pelvic floor, types of treatments available, and the option of elective cesarean birth.

Complete with glossary, numerous illustrations, and references for further information, this highly useful handbook makes an important contribution to women’s health and draws attention to a serious though often neglected problem.

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Choosing Cesarean

“An excellent presentation of the complex issues surrounding ‘Maternal Request Cesarean Delivery.’ In this era of informed consent, the authors have addressed the most common and most debated pros and cons in such detail as to allow the individual patient and her physician to make a truly informed decision.”

Obstetrician and gynecologist Magnus Murphy, MD, and journalist/advocate Pauline McDonagh Hull offer a compelling case for surgical delivery as a legitimate birth choice for informed women. By offering a wealth of medical evidence from around the world and thoughtfully countering the many objections detractors have lodged against it, the authors convincingly demonstrate that a planned cesarean birth at thirty-nine- plus weeks is a safe and often preferred alternative to a planned vaginal delivery. An indispensable guide for women, their families, and medical professionals.

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