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

ISBN-10: 155832819X
ISBN-13: 9781558328198
Edition: 4th (Revised)
Authors: Penny Simkin
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Description: 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  More...

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List price: $18.95
Edition: 4th
Publisher: Harvard Common Press
Publication date: 10/1/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 416
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.474
Language: English

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.

Preface to the Fourth Edition
Acknowledgments
How to Use This Book
Before the Birth
The Last 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
Prelabor and 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
Compare Labor to Running a Marathon
Prelabor
The First, or Dilation Stage
The Birthing Stage
The Placental Stage
Normal Labor-in a Nutshell
Comfort Measures for Labor
Pain versus Suffering
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
Checklist of Comfort Measures for Labor
Strategies for Challenging Variations in Normal Labor
The Take-Charge Routine
On-the-Spot Coaching (When You Have Had No Childbirth Classes)
The Very Rapid Labor
The Emergency Delivery
When Labor Must Start (Labor-Stimulating Measures)
The Slow-to-Start Labor
Slow Progress in Active Labor and the Birthing Stage, with or without Back Pain
When the Mother Must Labor in Bed
A Breech Baby
A Previous Disappointing or Traumatic Birth Experience
Incompatibility with the Nurse or Caregiver
The Medical Side of Childbirth
Key Questions for Informed Decision Making
Tests, Technologies, Interventions, and Procedures
Late-Pregnancy Tests
Essential Observations During Labor
Conditions Influencing the Amount of Intervention
Common Obstetric Interventions
Complications in Late Pregnancy, Labor, or Afterward
Complications for the Mother
The Breech Presentation
Complications with Labor Progress
Complications with the Fetus
Complications with the Newborn
After It Is All Over
Medications for Pain During Labor
Management of Normal Labor without Pain Medications
What You Both Need to Know About Pain Medications
The Mother's Decisions Regarding Pain Medications During Labor
Pain Medications Preference Scale
Cesarean Birth, and Vaginal Birth After Cesarean
Know the Nonmedical Reasons for Cesarean Birth and Factors to Consider
Know the Medical Reasons for Cesarean Birth
Know What to Expect During Cesarean Birth
Your Role During and After a Cesarean Birth
Vaginal Birth After Cesarean (VBAC)
After the Birth
The First Few Days Postpartum
The First Few Hours
The First Few Days for the Baby
The First Few Days for the Mother
Homecoming
After a Home Birth
Getting Help and Advice
The Mother's Postpartum Emotions
What About Your Feelings?
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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