The Doula Guide to Birth

Secrets Every Pregnant Woman Should Know

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Author: Ananda Lowe,Rachel Zimmerman

Publisher: Bantam

ISBN: 9780553906592

Category: Health & Fitness

Page: 304

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Here is your guide to the fastest-growing trend in childbirth—a tradition as old as motherhood itself. Doulas, or professional labor assistants, have led thousands of expectant women through the birthing process in a way that’s safe and meaningful, and that creates the birth and postbirth experience all mothers long for. What exactly do doulas do? How to find one that suits you. What are the “trade secrets” only doulas know but every woman should be aware of (even if you don’t have a doula)? In The Doula Guide to Birth, senior-level doula Ananda Lowe and award-winning health reporter Rachel Zimmerman have written a most comprehensive book that draws on the wisdom of these skilled experts, whose experience with doctors, midwives, nurses, and hospitals makes them invaluable advocates before, during, and after birth. * Labor techniques anyone can use * Pain medication: do you, don’t you—and when? * What dads and loved ones need and can do best * When should you really go to the hospital in labor? * How to prepare for unexpected medical procedures, including cesareans and epidural * Postpartum—what it’s really like * A clip-out chart of labor techniques, birth plan worksheets, and much more Combining science, wit, warmth, and support, as well as the inspirational stories of dozens of mothers and their partners, you’ll find the “doula viewpoint” on every major pregnancy and delivery issue, making this one of the most important childbirth books you’ll ever read and recommend. From the Trade Paperback edition.

The Doula's Guide to Empowering Your Birth

A Complete Labor and Childbirth Companion for Parents to Be

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Author: Lindsey Bliss

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 1558328955

Category: Family & Relationships

Page: 208

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Experienced doula, Linsey Bliss, shows you how to prepare physically and mentally for every element of having a child, from pregnancy to fourth trimester in The Doula's Guide to Empowering Your Birth. Lindsey Bliss, who has assisted as a doula at hundreds of births and is herself a mother of seven, reveals here all the wisdom and advice that doulas share with the new mothers who hire them. The Doula's Guide to Empowering Your Birth covers the period from pregnancy through labor and birth to fourth trimester healing. The focus, however, is on preparing for birth--including topics like how to pick the right childbirth class and the right birthing method. You’ll also see how to assemble the team of professionals, family members, and friends who will support you through labor and birth, and how to approach last-minute decisions about pain medications and cesarean sections. Bliss's tone throughout is at once authoritative and confident as well as warm and encouraging. Her concern in her practice as well as in these pages is to listen to and help secure each new mom's own personal vision of a birthing experience that is safe, fulfilling, and meaningful.

The Birth Partner

A Complete Guide to Childbirth for Dads, Doulas, and All Other Labor Companions

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Author: Penny Simkin

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

ISBN: 1558323570

Category: Health & Fitness

Page: 398

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Discusses the final weeks of pregnancy, the labor process, comfort measures, medical technology, complications, medication, cesareans, postpartum depression, and breastfeeding, in an updated handbook for anyone assisting in a delivery, which includes new sections on supporting "high risk" patients, maxmizing chances for a vaginal delivery, and more. Original.

The Doula Advantage

Your Complete Guide to Having an Empowered and Positive Birth with the Help of a Professional Childbirth Assistant

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Author: Rachel Gurevich

Publisher: Three Rivers Press

ISBN: 030782327X

Category: Health & Fitness

Page: 288

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Doulas and midwives are increasingly popular options for childbirth; this book answers questions for those considering the help of a doula or midwife at birth. Take Control of Your Childbirth Experience New moms are spreading the word to pregnant women just like you: Doulas make pregnancy and childbirth the celebratory experience it is meant to be! Doulas are professionally trained women who provide support before, during, and after delivery. Research has shown that doulas help women have positive birth experiences, decrease the need for pain medication, improve breastfeeding success, and reduce the need for cesarean sections and other invasive procedures. Author Rachel Gurevich interviewed more than 235 women and birth professionals to bring you this best-kept pregnancy secret. Inside, you'll find real mothers' stories and discover how doulas make a joyful difference in childbirth. You'll learn: ·The many ways doulas provide labor support, whether you plan a "natural" or medicated birth · How to find, hire, and choose the right doula ·How specialized doulas can help you before or after the baby's birth ·How doulas help the dad-to-be ·And more! Foreword by Mayer Eisenstein, M.D., medical director, Homefirst Health Services Praise for The Doula Advantage : "Doulas really do make a difference in having a safe and satisfying birth, as you will learn in this book." — William Sears, M.D., coauthor, The Baby Book "Comprehensive, thought-provoking, and highly moving. . . . A must read for any woman thinking of using the services of a doula." — Ann Douglas, author, The Mother of All Pregnancy Books and The Mother of All Baby Books

The Birth Partner

A Complete Guide to Childbirth for Dads, Doulas, and All Other Labor Companions

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Author: Penny Simkin

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

ISBN: 155832819X

Category: Health & Fitness

Page: 396

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Since the original publication of The Birth Partner in 1989, new mothers’ mates, friends, and relatives and doulas (professional birth assistants) have relied on Penny Simkin’s guidance in caring for the new mother from the last few weeks of pregnancy through the early postpartum period. Fully revised in its third edition, The Birth Partner remains the definitive guide for preparing to help a woman through childbirth and the essential manual to have at hand during the event. This completely updated edition includes thorough information on: Preparing for labor and knowing when it has begun; Normal labor and how to help the woman every step of the way; Epidurals and other medications for labor; Non-drug techniques for easing labor pain; Cesarean birth and complications that may require it; Breastfeeding and newborn care; And much more. For the partner who wishes to be truly helpful in the birthing room, this book is indispensable.

Birth Plans For Dummies

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Author: Rachel Gurevich,Sharon Perkins

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 1118432134

Category: Health & Fitness

Page: 360

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The easy, trusted way to develop a birth plan As an expectant mother and parent, navigating all of the information and options for labor and delivery can be cumbersome and confusing. Birth Plans For Dummies, is the ultimate resource guide to help you understand, develop, and implement a plan for the birth of your baby. A birth plan is a communication tool for expectant mothers and those involved in the delivery of a child. The plan explains the mother's preferences for labor and delivery and eliminates any confusion. There are a wide variety of methods, strategies, and techniques available to pregnant women preparing for delivery—and this hands-on, friendly guide covers them all. Covers choosing the setting and method that best fits the mothers needs and wishes Informs expectant parents about the numerous pain management and labor intervention options Provides instruction on developing and writing a birth plan and putting it into action If you are an expectant mother or parent looking for a guide to help develop a plan for the birth of your child, then Birth Plans For Dummies is the perfect book for you.

Birth Partner 5th Edition

A Complete Guide to Childbirth for Dads, Partners, Doulas, and All Other Labor Companions

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Author: Penny Simkin

Publisher: Harvard Common Press

ISBN: 1558329110

Category: Family & Relationships

Page: 448

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Since the original publication of The Birth Partner, partners, friends, relatives, and doulas have relied on Penny Simkin's guidance in caring for the new mother, from her last trimester through the early postpartum period. Now fully revised in its fifth edition, The Birth Partner remains the definitive guide to helping a woman through labor and birth, and the essential manual to have at hand during the event. The Birth Partner includes thorough information on: Preparing for labor and knowing when it has begun Normal labor and how to help the woman every step of the way Epidurals and other medications for labor Pitocin and other means, including natural ones, to induce or speed up labor Non-drug techniques for easing labor pain Cesarean birth and complications that may require it Breastfeeding and newborn care and much more For the partner who wishes to be truly helpful in the birthing room, this book is indispensable.

Natural Hospital Birth

The Best of Both Worlds

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Author: Cynthia Gabriel

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

ISBN: 1558327185

Category: Health & Fitness

Page: 256

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A complete and reassuring guide to natural childbirth in a hospital setting.

The Complete Idiot's Guide to Natural Childbirth

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Author: Deborah S. Romaine,Jennifer L. West, L.M, C.P.M, H.B.C.E.

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 1101140593

Category: Family & Relationships

Page: 336

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Thoughtful planning so mom and her supporters are ready when the baby is! A midwife helps expecting mothers decide how natural they want their labor to be, what birthing methods are available, and the type of professional they want present. It helps women weigh factors, prepare mentally, make important decisions, and plan ahead for successful delivery and beyond. ?Only book covering the spectrum of natural birthing methods, and has a medical authority's vetting ?Expert author is a certified professional midwife and certified hypno-birthing childbirth educator ?Covers all aspects of natural birthing, from planning before women become pregnant through breastfeeding

Creating Your Birth Plan

The Definitive Guide to a Safe and Empowering Birth

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Author: Marsden Wagner

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9780399532573

Category: Health & Fitness

Page: 270

View: 9732

Helps expectant mothers make informed decisions about their pregnancy and childbirth, furnishing information on what to expect when delivering in a hospital, birthing center, or at home; how to select an advocate; the natural stages of labor; natural alternatives to drugs, surgery, and technology; and explanations of various medical interventions. Original. 25,000 first printing.