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The Birth Partner - Revised 4th Edition: A Complete Guide to Childbirth for Dads, Doulas, and All Other Labor Companions
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The Birth Partner - Revised 4th Edition: A Complete Guide to Childbirth for Dads, Doulas, and All Other Labor Companions [Kindle Edition]

Penny Simkin
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PRAISE for THE BIRTH PARTNER   “Penny Simkin shows how giving support in childbirth is not only a matter of helping a woman through labor and delivery—important though that is—but also of enabling her to cherish a meaningful memory of birth.” – Sheila Kitzinger, author of Rediscovering Birth and The Complete Book of Pregnancy and Childbirth   “A clearly written book that describes what really happens in our maternity units. I recommend it highly for both parents and a supportive friend.” – Marshall Klaus, M.D., author of Bonding, Your Amazing Newborn and Mothering the Mother

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Since the original publication of The Birth Partner, 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 fourth 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.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A "Must-Have" for new parents! Feb. 7 2014
By Steph D
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My husband and I both love this book. So much information! Great details. Great suggestions for coping with labour. Great for helping your labour coach/partner resolve anxieties about what is to come. I'd definitely recommend this book to all new parents and labour partners.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great information March 18 2014
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Very comprehensive book with good perspective for anyone who is planning on being a companion at thebirth of a baby.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book for all birth partners Aug. 29 2014
By Asha
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Great book for all birth partners. As a Doula, its a must have and a resource I'll always refer to.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars Oct. 6 2014
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Buy it and read it if you are going to be a dad. You need it.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book, terrible e-book May 16 2014
By Jeremy West - Published on
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As a new dad with a now 7-month old son, this book helped me prepare for what my wife was going to go through and give me the tools and confidence to help her through everything she went through. I would recommend this book to all new fathers. HOWEVER, do not get the e-book. There are lots of tables and pictures that do not translate well into the smaller e-book format. Also, as a reference, this is much better used as a physical book.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Birthing/Labor book for MOM too! March 24 2014
By Melissa Smith - Published on
I've delivered 7 children and am now pregnant with my 8th. WHERE WAS THIS BOOK WHEN I WAS PREGNANT WITH MY 1st?!?!? Everything the book said the mother would feel was RIGHT on!!! The title is deceiving because it says it is for a "Birth Partner". It would definitely be helpful to them, but I got this book for myself and found it even more educating then I expected.
I especially appreciated that it didn't seem to have a hidden agenda or preference. Having had hospital/epidural births and natural births myself, I can see the benefits of both as each birth is different. I never felt there was an anti-home birth or anti-hospital birth sentiment to it. It was information for BOTH of them.
My favorite part was the detailed What-is-Mom-going-to-feel during _______ stage of labor. Then there were suggestions on how to relieve that, etc.
I highly highly recommend this book. I have read many (SCADS!!!) of birthing books and this is my favorite so far.
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5.0 out of 5 stars My wife expected me to be the birth expert Jan. 6 2014
By joe - Published on
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As a first time dad i wanted to be very much the involved father from the first step. I had taken enough birth and baby caring classes to understand the basics for the new baby to baby. My wife and i wanted to do a (as much as possible) natural birth. This means no drugs and no surgery. Yo go girl! What really scared me was that from everyone i talked with, complications occur and you sometimes had to make a quick decision on limited knowledge on the spot.

This is where i think that Penny did a great job of breaking things down. She has a great background in natural births. So many tips for comforting the mother. Birthing is a marathon. After 20 hours watching my wife go through labor, i could still remember some tips to help her cope. It was great for someone needing to know how the last few hours of pregnancy and the first first hours of newborn life can be,

Thanks for making the book read more like a series of personal accounts vs. charts and studies that don't relate to me. Its an easy read for a acouple of days that will bring comfort to the mother and most importantly father to be.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent guide for all Birthing Partners. Nov. 21 2013
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Really enjoyed this guide as it was thorough and well laid out. It brought up many things that I had not considered and was a very a good tool for organizing our plans. The book walks you through weeks prior to and during delivery describing the roles of the doula, mother to be and medical staff throughout the process. Very informative and comforting for all. Have not read other guides so no base for comparison. This may well deserve 5 Stars.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read!!! Oct. 13 2013
By Ann Harvey - Published on
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This book kept my interest, it was not boring at all with words jumbled all together. The graphs, points of interest made the book more inviting. I didn't want to put it down. I am a visual learner, and this book was just great for me. A lot of information, guidelines, and suggestions....loved it!!! I would recommend this book to parents to-be, doula's in the making, and anyone interested in the birth of a child.
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