The Doula Book: How a Trained Labor Companion Can Help You Have a Shorter, Easier, and Healthier Birth Paperback – Oct 17 2002
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From Publishers Weekly
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.
From Library Journal
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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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.
I am glad that it still provides the perspective of 'how it all started' which I find sadly missing in other books about doulas and the aspect of labor support. Well, and who better to write about it then the pioneering researchers themselves, who are also Founders of Doulas of North America (DONA), the largest doula organization.
While the continuous emotional, physical and informational support of a doula just makes common sense, this books provides the data and the research results for those who need them to understand the value of a doula. I recommend this book all the time to those who wnat to understand the role of a doula better, and those who want to become a doula themselves.
With their love for laboring families and the doulas who help them, the authors make reading about doula research enjoyable. Their words of wisdom help families who are thinking of choosing a doula and also women who are thinking of becoming doulas. Required reading for all who are interested in doulas!
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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,... Read morePublished on Jan. 14 2014 by Tamara George
If you are trying to convince yourself you want a natural birth, this book works. It didn't offer me much elsePublished on June 17 2013 by Pam Leonard
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... Read more
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!Published on March 14 2009 by Nickyl99
Read other books and find that this is for people in the maybe 70's! It is not interesting for my 2004 life. Read morePublished on Feb. 27 2004
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