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  • Paperback: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Meadowbrook Pr; Rev Upd edition (July 31 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 074321241X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743212410
  • Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 18.1 x 2.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 816 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #199,826 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Penny Simkin, a physical therapist, has been a childbirth educator and doula since 1968. She trains childbirth educators, doulas, and doula-trainers and frequently conducts workshops for doctors, nurses, and other medical professionals.

Janet Whalley, a registered nurse, has been a childbirth educator since 1975. She is the former executive director of the Childbirth Education Association of Seattle. She provides breastfeeding counseling for new mothers and teaches classes on newborn care.

Ann Keppler, a registered nurse, parish nurse, and lactation specialist, has taught childbirth classes and new-parent classes since 1975.

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Pregnancy is a state of becoming: an unborn baby is becoming capable of living outside the safe, protective, and totally sufficient environment of the mother's body, and you and your partner are becoming parents. Read the first page
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By "juliahv" on Nov. 20 2003
Format: Paperback
I collected a number of pregnancy books during those long nine months, and read and re-read each one. My friend gave me "Pregnancy, Childbirth, and the Newborn," and it was the most thorough, straightforward, and informative - particularly the chapters on labor and deliver. And, unlike "What to Expect When You're Expecting," it didn't fill me with guilt and fear, just useful information.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By jeninmaine on Feb. 21 2003
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I really love this book!
I'm 4 months pregnant with my first child and I'm alternately scared to death and excited beyond belief. I've been soaking up information like crazy--getting books from the library, buying whatever looks good in the bookstore, and my midwife has given me a number of books to read, this being the most recent. Out of all of them, I think this one is the best.
It is extremely thorough, not just with clinical information, but also descriptions of how you might feel, both physically and emotionally as you progress through pregnancy, labor, and post-partum. It covers everything I've been asking myself about what's happening to me, the baby, and what I can expect. Most importantly it covers what you do with the baby once you give birth and take them home, enough to get you over the "What do I do?!" fear and allowing you to get settled in as a parent.
I also really like the focus on the birth partner as well as the pregnant woman; it's important to understand what both partners are going through during this highly confusing and magical time. I'm giving this book to my husband as soon as I'm finished reading it for the second time, as I want him to know what's going on with me and also let him know that I understand what might be going on with him. It's a great book for anyone who is involved in pregnancy in any way. After he's done with it, I plan to pass it on to our families to read.
The only thing I didn't like about the book was the way it was organized, to me some of the chapters seemed out of order. It may have been the way I was approaching it, or that I was looking for specific information that was different from the flow.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Julia K. Stewart on Feb. 7 2003
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When I became pregnant, I went looking for a book that was even handed and fair on both sides of the natural/medical coin - a book that would not scare me on either side - and a book that didn't insult me with worries like ' what happens when you can't see your shoes anymore' THIS BOOK WAS IT! All the information is laid out for you to make your own judgement and decisions. It is fair and straight foward and HONEST. Forget 'What to Expect' and 'Girlfriends Guide' - if you are looking for REAL answers, Look no further than this book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ann Grauer on Jan. 31 2003
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Here it is---THE book for expectant families! Pregnant women are treated as if they are intelligent and are capable of making good decisions on behalf of themselves and their soon-to-be-born children.
This book is completely evidence-based and allows consumers to learn about options so that they can better communicate with their careproviders and participate in their pregancy, birth and postpartum experiences. Partners are addressed in a respectful and essential manner
As a childbirth educator, I make sure each of my couples has a copy of this book---it's the text I teach from. As a doula, I want all of my clients to read this as well.
Don't give birth without reading this one!
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An excellent alternative to "What to Expect . . . "
Early in my pregnancy, I checked out almost every book in my local library on pregnancy. "What to Expect" went back in a week, and I now own this book, among others.
This book is very thorough and is an excellent reference to the physiological and emotional aspects of pregnancy and birth. I only gave it 4 stars, though, because it doesn't have enough information on natural childbirth, completely unmedicated. If you're planning a natural birth (rather than a managed delivery), you'll need and want additional resources.
I did find the tables listing various interventions with their benefits and risks very helpful. Penny Simpkin is extremely knowledgeable about pregnancy and birth. You should check out her other books as well, especially "The Birth Partner." My husband is totally engrossed with that book.
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In preparation for childbirth, I had read a number of popular books - 'what to expect' series, dr. sears books. But this book was the best for the information about childbirth process: it has all the illustrations, detailed description of the whole process and what can go wrong, what to do when things are irregular. I was well prepared for the birth, and knew what's going on with me while it was happenning and did not worry. I was 2 weeks late and was consulting the book every day of my last week and it resolved most of my concerns. Even my mom who gave birth to two children, was asking me question of what's going to happen hext. apparently, she did not remember anything after 30 years, so she was not a good source of information to me. I'm very thankful to the authors and happy that I had this book at hand while it was most needed. Highly recommended.
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