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Julio Elito Jr.

Federal University of Sao Paulo

Prof. Julio Elito Junior is an Associate Professor of the Department of Obstetrics of the Federal University of São Paulo, an author of 68 articles in international and national journals, a reviewer in several national and international journals, and a speaker at a number of national and international congresses.


Vaginal Delivery Cesarean Section Fetal Distress Labour Induction Pain Relief Strategies Postpartum Haemorrhage Oxytocin Misoprostol Bakri Balloon Episiotomy Obstetrical Anal Sphincter Injuries (OASIS) Perineal Massage

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About the book

Childbirth is one of the most magical moments in life. Since it is such a special moment, there is a lot of expectation and sometimes a lot of frustration.

Delivery assistance is a major challenge today. Safety in childbirth care to avoid maternal-fetal morbidity and mortality is especially important. It is vital to avoid, on one hand, the excess of medicalization with early and unnecessary interventions and, on the other hand, the lack of care that can lead to a delay in decision making. In this delicate balance, it is also important to take into account the expectation of the parturient with her desires related to how the birth she idealized will happen. Respecting her wishes without putting the maternal-fetal binomial at risk is a great challenge for the obstetrician. The setting where the delivery will occur should be prepared by a sensitive, respectful and kind staff. It is important to avoid interventions as fundal pressure, routine episiotomy, and the excess of unnecessary caesarean section. Cultural, socio-economical aspects and choosing the delivery mode are part of a big puzzle.

This book aims to assess the best childbirth care among the scientific evidence. Good quality care is essential for maternal and fetal safety. The book will cover the routes of delivery such as spontaneous vaginal birth, operative vaginal birth and caesarean section. The chapters will address the following topics: setting (respectful maternity care, effective communication, companionship during labour and childbirth), labour progression (definition and duration of the latent and active first stages of labour, progress of the first stage of labour and second stage of labour), pain relief during labour, prevention of postpartum haemorrhage (third stage of labour), assessment of pelvic floor (episiotomy, obstetrical anal sphincter injuries -OASIS, Epi-no and perineal massage), care of the newborn (the golden hour of the neonatal life) and puerperal care (breastfeeding and puerperal depression).

Publishing process

Book initiated and editor appointed

Date completed: October 12th 2021

Applications to edit the book are assessed and a suitable editor is selected, at which point the process begins.

Chapter proposals submitted and reviewed

Deadline for chapter proposals: November 9th 2021

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Approved chapters written in full and submitted

Deadline for full chapters: January 8th 2022

Once approved by the academic editor and publishing review team, chapters are written and submitted according to pre-agreed parameters

Full chapters peer reviewed

Review results due: March 29th 2022

Full chapter manuscripts are screened for plagiarism and undergo a Main Editor Peer Review. Results are sent to authors within 30 days of submission, with suggestions for rounds of revisions.

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Expected publication date: May 28th 2022

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About the editor

Julio Elito Jr.

Federal University of Sao Paulo

Prof. Julio Elito Junior PhD graduated in Medicine from Federal University of São Paulo (UNIFESP) - Brazil in1989. He obtained his Master in 1995 and his Doctorate in 1997 both from UNIFESP. He is a specialist in laparoscopy (Cleveland Clinic Foundation, 2000) and has a PhD in reproductive medicine (2008). Due to the relevance of his research he obtained the title of Associate Professor of the Department of Obstetrics of UNIFESP (2006). He has experience in the field of Medicine, with emphasis in Gynecology and Obstetrics, acting mainly in the following subjects: ectopic pregnancy, methotrexate, ultrasonography, beta-hCG, polymorphisms, serological markers and multiple pregnancy. He has published a predictive score for medical treatment in ectopic pregnancy and reference charts for twins. He has published 68 articles in international and national journals, is a reviewer in several national and international journals, and a speaker at a number of national and international congresses. He wrote the book 'Ectopic Pregnancy' (2010), was an editor of the books 'Multiple Pregnancy - New Challenges' (2019) and 'Non-Tubal Ectopic Pregnancy' (2020), as well as an author of numerous chapters in national and international books. He has been nominated several times as an honored Professor by his students at the Medical School of Federal University of São Paulo (UNIFESP).

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