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The Birth Partner: A Complete Guide to Childbirth for Dads, Doulas, and All Other Labor Companionsby Penny Simkin
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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 Simkins 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.
For almost two decades, The Birth Partner has been the definitive guide for husbands, partners, relatives, friends, and doulas (labor assistants) who wish to help a woman have a positive childbirth experience. The expanded third edition provides the most up-to-date information about techniques and medications for easing labor pain; tests and treatments of the fetus and newborn; strategies to help labor progress; medical procedures; and how to best help the mother during the early postpartum period.
Since the original publication of The Birth Partner, new mothers mates, friends, and relatives and doulas (professional birth assistants) have relied on Penny Simkins guidance in caring for the new mother from the last few weeks of pregnancy through the early postpartum period. Fully revised in its fourth 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.
About the Author
Penny Simkin, P.T., is a physical therapist, childbirth educator, doula, and birth counselor. She is nationally recognized as a premier authority on childbirth, having helped 9,000 expecting women and birth partners in childbirth and attended hundreds of couples though the birth process. Simkin is a prolific author and serves on more than ten different consultant and editorial boards, including the journal Birth: Issues in Perinatal Care, The International Childbirth Education Association, and The Seattle Midwifery School, where she also provides training for doulas and lectures for the students. She has written myriad books, journal and magazine articles. She is also co-founder of DONA International (formerly Doulas of North America) and The Pacific Association for Labor Support. In addition to providing childbirth education, birth counseling, and labor support, Simkin travels extensively throughout the country, lecturing and presenting at conferences and workshops.
For more information, please visit Simkins website at pennysimkin.com
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