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The Birth Partner: A Complete Guide to Childbirth for Dads, Doulas, and Other Labor Companions Paperback – Jan 14 2008

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Harvard Common Press; 3rd Edition edition (Jan. 14 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1558323570
  • ISBN-13: 978-1558323575
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.9 x 22.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 476 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 18 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #36,162 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

Penny Simkin, P.T., is a physical therapist, childbirth educator, doula, and birth counselor. She is nationally recognized as a premier authority on childbirth, having helped 9,000 expecting women and birth partners in childbirth and attended hundreds of couples though the birth process. Simkin is a prolific author and serves on more than ten different consultant and editorial boards, including the journal Birth: Issues in Perinatal Care, The International Childbirth Education Association,and The Seattle Midwifery School, where she also provides training for doulas and lectures for the students. She has written myriad books, journal and magazine articles. She is also co-founder of DONA International (formerly Doulas of North America) and The Pacific Association for Labor Support. In addition to providing childbirth education, birth counseling, and labor support, Simkin travels extensively throughout the country, lecturing and presenting at conferences and workshops.

For more information, please visit Simkin's website at pennysimkin.com


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I think it almost goes without saying. This book is far and away the most complete book about how to support a woman who is giving birth. I think this book is also an excellent read for any expectant mother. This book is not only an informative book to read through, but also an excellent quick reference guide when you're in the middle of labour and perhaps at a loss for what to do next to help the birthing mother. And of course, hiring a Doula is so helpful as well.
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My midwife recommended this book to me and I really wasn't sure I would like it as I assumed that it was going to be too granola-ish. However it was very informative and clearly explains in detail what to expect to go through during the labor and delivery process from the perspective of the mother and husband/birth partner and doula (I'm not using a doula so just skipped those parts). It also describes the different situations regarding delivering at home or in a hospital, has great quick checklists to summarize all the info, coping techniques and preparations for you. Regardless as to your birth plan (natural or medical assisted) I strongly recommend any new mother and her husband or partner to read this book!
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It's always interesting that not all mid-wives recommend you read and study certain titles before you give birth. Birth classes do not fully prepare you for birth IMHO. Read 3-4 books on the process and learn what your wife is going through so you can fully support her. I also read Hypnobirthing (which includes the techniques that we will be using for birth) as well as Ina May's Guide to Childbirth. Both better reads than this book IF you want a non-drug induced natural labour. I still thought this was a great resource and was recommended by our Doula for our second birth. I will be taking it to the hospital with us in case I need to refer to anything in it!
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This book has EVERYTHING you would need to know. A great resource for all birthing companions. I wonder if it wouldn't also be a good read for the pregnant partner to help the birthing companion help them.
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A friend recommended this book and when I first began reading it I instantly realized it was directed towards somebody supposed to help me during labor, not me specifically. I read it anyway, and to be honest this book will help! I am less afraid of labour now (this is my first pregnancy), and I am aware of lots of different methods to lower pain both natural and medicinal. This book also gave me an idea of the different tests that they conduct during labour, the importance (or non-importance) of the tests, alternatives, and what to expect with the outcomes. I would recommend this book for new mother!
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Detailed advice for mum-to-be, dad-to-be and anyone else who might be there. Clear and simple enough for the layperson and detailed enough for the health care professional.
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We purchased this book on the recommendation of my doula. My husband read through it so that he could be an active partner and I read it to see what types of pain management skills were discussed. I found the guide for the birth plan invaluable and really liked the format. This is an excellent book for anyone looking to have a pain medication and intervention free birth, and it also discusses what will happen if you choose to take medication or have to, or choose to have, some type of intervention.
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The Birthing Partner......love the book, I am a new Doula since May and need to read this book and a great refernece guide.
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