Birth Partner Everything You Need to Know to Help a Woman Through Childbirth

ISBN-10: 1558321950

ISBN-13: 9781558321953

Edition: 2nd 2001

Authors: Penny Simkin

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Definitive guide for preparing to help a woman through childbirth, and the essential manual to have at hand during the event.
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List price: $14.95
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2001
Publisher: Harvard Common Press
Publication date: 5/14/2001
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 304
Size: 5.75" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.386
Language: English

Acknowledgments
Introduction
Before the Birth
The Last Few Weeks of Pregnancy
What Kind of Birth Partner Will You Be?
Getting Ready for Labor
Preparing for Life with the Baby
On to the Next Step
Labor and Birth
Getting into Labor
The Labor Process
How Long Will Labor Last?
Signs of Labor
If Her Bag of Waters Breaks Before Labor Begins
"False" Labor, or Prelabor
Labor Progresses in Six Ways
Timing Contractions
Moving through the Stages of Labor
Prelabor
Dilation
Descent and Birth
The Placental Stage
Normal Labor--in a Nutshell
Comfort Measures for Labor
The Three Rs: Relaxation, Rhythm, and Ritual
Self-Help Comfort Measures
Comfort Aids and Devices
Comforting Techniques for You to Try
Taking Care of Yourself
Strategies for Difficult Labors
The Take-Charge Routine
On-the-Spot Coaching (When You Have Had No Childbirth Classes)
The Slow-to-Start Labor
The Very Rapid Labor
The Emergency Delivery
When Labor Must Start (Labor-Stimulating Measures)
Backache During Labor
When the Mother Must Labor in Bed
A Breech Baby
A Previous Disappointing Birth Experience
Incompatibility with the Nurse or Caregiver
The Medical Side of Childbirth
Key Questions for Informed Decision Making
Tests, Technologies, Interventions, and Procedures
Essential Observations
Conditions Influencing the Amount of Intervention
Common Obstetric Interventions
Problems That May Arise in Late Pregnancy, Labor, or Afterwards
Problems with the Mother
The Breech Presentation
Problems with Labor Progress
Problems with the Fetus
Problems with the Newborn
After It Is All Over
Medications for Pain During Labor
Management of Normal Labor Without Pain Medications
What You Need to Know about Pain Medications
Deciding Whether to Use Pain Medications During Labor
Pain Medications Preference Scale
Cesarean Birth, and Vaginal Birth After Cesarean
Know the Reasons for Cesarean Birth
Know What to Expect During Cesarean Birth
Your Role During Cesarean Birth
Vaginal Birth After Cesarean (VBAC)
After the Birth
The First Few Days Postpartum
The First Few Hours
The Next Few Days for the Baby
The Next Few Days for the Mother
Getting Help and Advice
The Mother's Postpartum Emotions
Practical Matters at Home
Getting Started with Breastfeeding
Advantages of Breastfeeding
Getting Off to a Good Start
Early Concerns
When to Give the Baby a Bottle
Once Breastfeeding Is Established
Parting Words
Recommended Resources
Index
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