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Julie M Harrison
British Journal of Midwifery, Vol. 8, Iss. 8, 03 Aug 2000, pp 483 - 488

Remarkable changes take place during the puerperium, which enable the womans body to revert to the non-pregnant state. This article focuses on the physiology of the puerperium and illustrates how antenatal care and management strategies used in labour influence the recovery of the woman. Knowledge of physiology is essential if the midwife is to fulfil her unique role in continuing to monitor progress, recognise abnormalities and offer appropriate support and advice at this time.

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