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A Book for Midwives

Care for pregnancy, birth,
and women's health

Authors: Susan Klein, Suellen Miller, and Fiona Thomson


Berkeley, California, USA

Hesperian Health Guides and the contributors to A Book for Midwives do not assume liability for the use of information contained in this book.

All health workers have a responsibility to be honest with themselves and the people they care for about the limits of their skills. This means: only perform the procedures you are trained to. Find help from other, more experienced health workers when a woman needs a kind of care that you are not experienced with. Seek the advice of local health workers and medical authorities about the safest ways to practice in your area. This manual can help you learn new skills, but no book can take the place of hands-on training with a skilled and experienced teacher. Keep watching, reading, listening, and learning more whenever you have the chance.


Copyright © 2004, 2013 by Hesperian Health Guides. All rights reserved.

First edition: December 2004, 3rd printing 2013
Printed in USA
ISBN: 978-0-942364-23-1 paper

Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data

Klein, Susan, b. 1948.

A book for midwives : care for pregnancy, birth, and women’s health / by Susan Klein, Suellen Miller, and Fiona Thomson.-- 1st ed.
p. ; cm.
Includes index.
ISBN: 0-942364-23-6 (pbk.)


1. Midwifery. 2. Midwives. 3. Pregnancy. 4. Childbirth. 5. Women--Health and hygiene.
I. Miller, Suellen, 1947- II. Thomson, Fiona, 1974- III. Hesperian Foundation. IV. Title.
[DNLM: 1. Midwifery. WQ 165 K635b 2004]

RG960.K56 2004

618.2--dc22
2004060651


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