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Pregnancy, Childbirth, and the Newborn, Revised and Updated: The Complete Guide [Paperback]

Penny Simkin , Janet Whalley , Ann Keppler
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)

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July 31 2001
If you buy only one childbirth book, this is the one...It is the comprehensive, authoritative book which gives you a wealth of information about pregnancy, birth, the postpartum period and how to care for your newborn baby. The Most Complete: covers all aspects of childbearing from conception through early infancy. It tells what to expect during pregnancy and birth and how to work with your carers to make it a happy and healthy experience. The Most Authoritative, Yet Easy-to Use: a well organised book for easy reading and quick reference. More than 60 charts and 190 photographs clarify the information. The Most Up to Date: fully revised to present the latest, most effective self-help comfort measures and emotional support measures for use during labour.
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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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars NO Other Book Needed Feb. 7 2003
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
5.0 out of 5 stars THE book for expectant families Jan. 31 2003
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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best pregnancy book I've seen Nov. 20 2003
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
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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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a GREAT book May 22 2002
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We looked at, and tried to read, many pregnancy books, including the big names ("What to expect...", The Sears' book, and the Unofficial guide) that you see recommended everywhere. None of them hold a candle to this book. The best of those seem to focus on comforting couples through the experience. Often presenting redundant information between months, and not going into very much physiological detail.

In contrast this book gave us what we were really looking for, honest to goodness data. Its written by professional childbirth educators, and is an education in itself. It's focused on the kind of in depth information your healthcare provider knows, and may or may not have time to tell you about. It won't give you advice on finding clothes that fit, it will tell you why your sense of taste totally changes, and what is going on in the body to cause that.
No amount of soft peddling is going to change the fact that being pregnant is like having your body abducted by aliens. What we wanted is a book to help us understand what was happening, so the seemingly unrelated changes made sense too. (Why in the 7th month did I start drinking water _all_ the time?) What we want to know is what are the aliens doing with my body, why, and are they going to put it back when they're done. This book help answer a lot of that, even stuff we hadn't thought to wonder about yet.
If you're remotely technical, and like knowing how stuff works this is the best book we've found. Though it may not help much to validate your emotional mood swings, or tell you when to ask for maternity leave.
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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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4.0 out of 5 stars Fairly good book!
There wasn't a lot surrounding pregnancy, but as far as childbirth goes, I thought this was an excellent resource for information on birth planning and coping with discomfort... Read more
Published on June 13 2009 by Amder
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed
I was expecting a lot more detail on the pregnancy. There was a lot of things that I had to look up online because the information was not in the book.
Published on June 2 2006 by Helena
5.0 out of 5 stars The best pregnancy reference book
After buying a bunch of books, this turned out to be the one I kept referring to over and over again throughout my pregnancy. Read more
Published on April 19 2004
4.0 out of 5 stars Great general reference
An excellent alternative to "What to Expect . . . "
Early in my pregnancy, I checked out almost every book in my local library on pregnancy. Read more
Published on Aug. 8 2003 by Lisa Manske
2.0 out of 5 stars Very thorough but too dry and politically correct
This book is very comprehensive and contains a lot of useful charts and checklists, but it makes for a fairly dry read. Read more
Published on June 14 2003
2.0 out of 5 stars This is like every other pregnancy book.
This book isn't any different from many other pregnancy books that are out there. If you know nothing about pregancy and childbirth this book would be a good starting point, but... Read more
Published on March 1 2003 by J. Allen
5.0 out of 5 stars If you can't take her class, READ HER BOOK!
When I was pregnant with my son in 2000, I was lucky enough to be able to take Penny's childbirth education class. Read more
Published on Jan. 23 2003 by A. C. Brown
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