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
* 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
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.
"From the Trade Paperback edition.""
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