- Paperback: 416 pages
- Publisher: Harvard Common Press; 4 edition (Oct. 1 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 155832819X
- ISBN-13: 978-1558328198
- Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.5 x 22.9 cm
- Shipping Weight: 558 g
- Customer Reviews: 582 customer ratings
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #31,848 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Birth Partner - Revised 4th Edition: A Complete Guide to Childbirth for Dads, Doulas, and All Other Labor Companions Paperback – Oct. 1 2013
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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 liked it because of the amount of detail about everything to do about child birth. I had zero intention of making a birth plan. (Plan was deliver the baby however our doctor thought necessary to keep us safe). But this at least I could be informed about all the choices I might need to make during labor, and what the positive and negative outcomes could be. By having this knowledge I think I was definitely more prepared, and less nervous for labor and birth. I really liked all the charts in the book, helped compare everything you read (like a chart on pain medication).
Highly recommend for new parents, I'll be refreshing my memory with this book when I need it again.
I would recommend this book to anyone who is pregnant or will be a birth partner.
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It is structured in a way which allows you to read it from beginning to end, no matter in which stage you currently are, and has a good table of contents which helps you find the relevant parts again when you need them. There are good checklists in the beginning to get you started on what you actually need to do before the birth, then it gives you a very good model of the kind of things you need to expect on emotional and other levels. It provides good, detailed descriptions of what's going on, and most importantly, it offers a lot of very good birth stories to take your mind off all the horror stories people are bound to keep throwing at you.
The helpfulness of this book seriously can't be overestimated!
While I understand that the 5th edition is welcomed by a small percent of the population, I believe that a book that is intended to assist expecting families should contain the same terminology as professional literature, which contains the terms "woman," "she," and "mother," not "person/parent."
I believe the best option might be to continue to publish the 4th edition along with the 5th edition, which should have some kind of designation regarding intended audience.