The Doula Guide to Birth

The Doula Guide to Birth

Secrets Every Pregnant Woman Should Know

Book - 2009
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Random House, Inc.
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.

Baker & Taylor
A guide to childbirth from the perspective of a doula covers such topics as lamaze, pain medications, labor techniques, cesareans, and birth plans.

Publisher: New York : Bantam Books, c2009
ISBN: 9780553385267
Branch Call Number: 618.4 L951d
Characteristics: xxv, 270 p. ; 21 cm
Additional Contributors: Zimmerman, Rachel 1964-


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Dec 08, 2017

I'm currently 24 weeks pregnant and this book was an easy read to start off my labour/birthing research! It gives lots of options to consider and explains the birthing process very well, and also provides suggestions to "ask your doctor" about or consider in your own birthing plan. Reading this book has made me more knowledgable pre-birthing classes and also made me feel a lot more confident going into labour.

Jan 24, 2012

I really like this book! Its mostly promotes natural birth (and doulas) but I found it gave a good description of options and techniques that you can use during labour and gave good advice about considering outcomes you might not be anticipating (like a c-sec).

poatlee Dec 04, 2011

I found this book to be very educational and also an easy read. Would recommend it to first time moms and their partners (though I havent been successful in getting my husband to read it).


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