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The Complete Illustrated Birthing Companion: A Step-by-Step Guide to Creating the Best Birthing Plan for a Safe, Less Painful, and Successful Delivery for You and Your Baby Paperback – January 1, 2013
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Amanda French, M.D., completed her residency training in obstetrics and gynecology at Boston Medical Center in Boston, Massachusetts. She is board certified by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology and is a Fellow of the American Congress of Obstetrics and Gynecology. She has been employed in private practice with teaching responsibilities at the level of clinical instructor at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston. In addition, she has worked as an assistant professor in obstetrics and gynecology at Columbia University Medical Center in New York with the primary responsibility of teaching residents and medical students. Dr. French is now at Boston Children's Hospital and is on the associate staff of Brigham and Women's Hospital in the department of pediatric and adolescent gynecology. Her current academic appointment is Clinical Instructor of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Biology at Harvard Medical School. Dr. French has delivered over a thousand babies over the course of her career.
Susan Thomforde, C.N.M., has been a practicing nurse midwife for more than 27 years. She's been called "a midwife's midwife"--the highest compliment in midwifery. She was a member of the Tufts University faculty while working at St. Margaret's Hospital and has been an adjunct faculty member for Yale University, Case Western Reserve University, and University of Pennsylvania midwifery students. For the past 17 years, she's been delivering babies at the North Shore Birth Center in Beverly, Massachusetts--one of two free-standing birth centers in the state of Massachusetts. Susan was inspired to be a midwife by her aunt, who was one of the early nurse-midwives in the United States in the 1930s.
Jeanne Faulkner, R.N., has a 20-year history as a labor and delivery, postpartum, neonatal, and NICU nurse and a ten-year history as a health writer. She studied nursing at Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center School of Nursing and California State University, Los Angeles. She's helped thousands of parents through every possible birthing scenario from the most natural to the most complicated. She shares her real world perspective and practical advice on the obstacles and opportunities parents face both inside and outside the hospital in her weekly column for Fit Pregnancy magazine online called "Ask the Labor Nurse," and contributes regularly to Fit Pregnancy magazine, the Oregonian newspaper, The Huffington Post, QualityHealth.com, and MyRegence.com. Her work has appeared in Better Homes and Gardens, Real Simple, Shape, Northwest Healthy Living, and many other publications and websites. She's also an advocate, writer, speaker, and lobbyist for global women's and maternal health issues and has traveled with CARE (a global humanitarian organization) to work with mothers around the world.
Dana Rousmaniere is a writer, editor, and author who has written for print and online publications, including Good Housekeeping, Healthy Living, Living Fit, Women’s Health, The Atlantic Monthly Online, Babble.com, CafeMom.com, and more. She was managing editor of Fit Pregnancy magazine online for many years, and has also held positions as senior producer at Lifetime Television Online and new media editor for Hearst Publishing. Her Fit Pregnancy blog, The Charlie Chronicles, was a finalist for the 2007 Maggie Awards for Best Regularly Featured Web Column. She is also the author of North Shore Baby, a field guide for Boston-area parents. Dana delivered two of her babies in hospital deliveries with epidurals, and delivered her third child - a 10.5 pound baby! - in a drug-free water birth. She lives with her husband and three children on Boston's North Shore.
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Not illustrated despite title. Returning. Entry level info on types of birth. Found it lacked useful detail for me at this point in my pregnancy & birth plan (6 months). Read morePublished 15 months ago by Elizabeth
I am a first time mom and the thought of sitting through 3 nights of 3 hours a piece or spending an entire Saturday in birthing classes did not appeal to me at all. Read morePublished on September 3, 2013 by JLG
Pregnancy is challenging enough without having to manage the opinions and "old wives' tales" about the best ways to give birth. Read morePublished on June 30, 2013 by Dr. LeslieBeth Wish