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The Doula Book: How a Trained Labor Companion Can Help You Have a Shorter, Easier, and Healthier Birth Paperback – Nov 7 2002


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Da Capo Press; 2 edition (Nov. 7 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0738206091
  • ISBN-13: 978-0738206097
  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 17.8 x 22.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 431 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #151,619 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By L. Berry on Aug. 2 2009
Format: Paperback
The Doula Book has a really nice mix of science and granola. It was a pleasant and easy read, although it was a little bit repetitive at times.

As the title indicates, it's about how a doula can benefit your pregnancy, birth and postpartum experience, so if you aren't interested in a doula, skip it. But if you are interested in a doula and want to learn more, it may be a good choice.

It has a good appendix about relaxation exercises - I kept falling asleep while I was reading that part, but now I use the techniques to help me fall asleep at night or to de-stress. So if you're looking for a simple relaxation exercise that won't take too much practice, but may help you during labour, this appendix could be helpful to you.

The highlight if this book is the chapter about how dads and doulas work together. It provided studies and statistics (which appeal to many men) without being too cut and dried. If you would like to use a doula, but your husband or partner isn't so sure, this chapter might help convince him.

Unfortunately, I thought the book had a rather narrow view of what doulas do, and it may make the reader feel that a doula isn't going to be helpful if their situation is outside of what the book describes.
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This book is a comprehensive guide to pregnancy and birth as well as postpartum support. It is easy-to-understand and provides practical tips and suggestions not only for a doula, but also for a mom-to-be or her spouse.
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By Pam Leonard on June 17 2013
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If you are trying to convince yourself you want a natural birth, this book works. It didn't offer me much else
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jessica on Feb. 7 2010
Format: Paperback
You do not need this book. Just read a bit about what doulas do online, find one in your area and ask them what they can offer you that is in line with your expectations. This book is unnessary, but informative if you need convincing that doulas are great.
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By booklover on April 24 2011
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This is the first book that I decided to read on my path to becoming a Birth Doula.

It's a great place to start because it is an easy read, pictures are helpful, the news terms (new to me) are also introduced in a very simple way.

I hope you enjoy it too.
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I really appreciated this book for all the studies it included in how a doula can better the labor. It makes sense and is an easy read. Get it, you'll enjoy it!
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