Synopses & Reviews
If you only buy one childbirth book, this is the one...
The most complete. It covers all aspects of childbearing from conception through early infancy. It includes information on what to expect during pregnancy and birth and how you can work with your caregivers to make childbirth a happy and healthy experience.
The easiest to use. It is well organized for easy reading and quick reference. There are more than 45 charts and 150 photographs and illustrations to clarify the information -- more graphic aids than any other childbirth book.
The most up-to-date. It includes the latest information on clinical tests and procedures in pregnancy, childbirth, and early infancy. It also covers concerns regarding the emotional aspects of childbearing, the partner's role, comfort measures, high-risk pregnancies, medications, vaginal birth after cesarean, breastfeeding, and understanding infant behavior.
About the Author
Penny Simkin, a physical therapist, has been a childbirth educator since 1968. She trains childbirth educators and conducts workshops for nurses and medical professionals. Ms. Simkin teaches childbirth classes, a labor support training course, and sibling preparation classes. She is the author of The Birth Partner and serves on the editorial staff of the journal Birth: Issues in Perinatal Care and Education.