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The Doula Book: How a Trained Labor Companion Can Help You Have a Shorter, Easier, and Healthier Birth [Paperback]

Marshall H. Klaus , John H. Kennell , Phyllis H. Klaus
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Nov. 7 2002
More and more parents-to-be all over the world are choosing the comfort and reassuring support of birth with a trained labor companion called a "doula." This warm, authoritative, and irreplaceable guide completely updates the authors' earlier book, Mothering the Mother, and adds much new and important research. In addition to basic advice on finding and working with a doula, the authors show how a doula reduces the need for cesarean section, shortens the length of labor, decreases the pain medication required, and enhances bonding and breast feeding. The authors, world-renowned authorities on childbirth with combined experience of over 100 years working with laboring women, have made their book indispensable to every woman who wants the healthiest, safest, and most joyful possible birth experience.A Merloyd Lawrence Book

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World-wide renowned authorities on birthing and bonding, Klaus and Kennell (Bonding) team up once again in this new work, focusing on the role of the doula, a Greek word that means "woman caregiver." Today, the authors explain, doula has come to mean an experienced labor companion who provides parents-to-be with emotional and physical support during labor, delivery and, to some extent, postpartum. The three authors (Phyllis Klaus teaches psychotherapy at the Erikson Institute in California) describe how a doula can help the birthing process, detailing studies that indicate doula-supported births result in a major reduction in the length of labor, a greater than 50% drop in cesarean sections, a decrease in a mother's need for pain medication and fewer feeding problems for babies after birth. Over the past decade, the authors claim, "evidence for the benefits of doula support has been accumulating dramatically." Expectant parents will find this exciting information, and it may impact their birthing plans. With appendixes and photos (many of which, unfortunately, seem to date from the 1970s) detailing a doula's training, relaxation and visualization techniques, the book will also be vital for women considering entering this field. As usual, the team of Klaus and Kennell presents its work in a clear, compassionate manner, offering new insights and ways to make birthing a safe and positive experience for all involved.
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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A doula, from the Greek word meaning "woman caregiver," acts as a companion to a woman before, during, and, to a lesser extent, after labor. Unlike a midwife, she does not provide obstetrical care (i.e., deliver babies) but rather offers continuous and individualized emotional and physical support in order to foster a sense of reassurance, shorten labor, and decrease the need for pain killers and cesarean section. In this update of Mothering the Mother (1993), neonatologist Klaus, pediatrician John H. Kennell, and psychotherapist Phyllis H. Klaus carefully delineate the specific functions and characteristics of a well-trained doula, the criteria for selecting one, and the numerous benefits of using one. Real-life examples of the interaction among the doula, the mother, and her partner illuminate what it's like to work with a doula. Appendixes provide detailed information about the training of doulas, the techniques that they employ, and the results of clinical trials of labor support. The only drawback is that the photographs appear rather dated. A fine acquisition for public library pregnancy and health collections.
Linda M.G. Katz, Drexel Univ. Health Sciences Libs., Philadelphia
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars It might fit your needs, it might not Aug. 2 2009
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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5.0 out of 5 stars A comprehensive guide Jan. 14 2014
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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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1.0 out of 5 stars Lots of stats 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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2.0 out of 5 stars The doula book coul've been a pamphlet Feb. 7 2010
By Jessica
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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5.0 out of 5 stars great book! 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Great informative book on Doulas! March 14 2009
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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1.0 out of 5 stars Out of date info
Read other books and find that this is for people in the maybe 70's! It is not interesting for my 2004 life. Read more
Published on Feb. 27 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars very comprehensive book about doulas
I had Mothering the Mother from the same authors, and was not sure if it was going to be worth it to buy The Doula Book, the 2nd edition. Read more
Published on Feb. 22 2004 by "um2345"
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous Resource for info on Doulas!
I'm not sure why some of the other reviewers were so negative about this book. It provides a great review of the research regarding doulas positive impact on labor and birth,... Read more
Published on Sept. 9 2003
1.0 out of 5 stars One of the few books I have ever returned
I bought this book because I am interested in having someone with me during my labor who can provide some of the "warm fuzzies" and constant attention that perhaps my OB... Read more
Published on July 27 2003
1.0 out of 5 stars Outdated, despite the revisions, and damaging to the field
I had originally intended to buy "The Doula Book" (formerly Mothering the Mother), but found it to be outdated in both it's writing style and the audience it addressed... Read more
Published on June 17 2003 by bump
5.0 out of 5 stars At last---the definitive book on doulas
Three of the founders of Doulas of North America, Marshal and Phyllis Klaus and John Kennell, have written an update to their original book, Mothering the Mother. Read more
Published on Jan. 31 2003 by Ann Grauer
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