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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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About the Author

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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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Fair Winds Press; 1 edition (January 1, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1592335330
  • ISBN-13: 978-1592335336
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.6 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #989,936 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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No matter how you are thinking about delivering your baby, this book gives you the pros and cons from both sides and doesn't come off biased at all. From home, all natural to hospital and epidural to planned or unplanned c-section and everything in between. I didn't get the birth experience I wanted but I felt better prepared for it having this book because it showed me all the things that could happen. Its in a simple to understand format and it's straight to the point. I was very happy I had this book.
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I was looking for a book to give me all the sides and options for childbirth. This book is great! It doesn't push the reader to any option, but gives great real-life information to help you make your own decisions, as well as tells you the steps to take to learn more about any particular birthing method or procedure.
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I felt well educated on options after reading this guide. I even felt like I knew a lot more than most in my birth class because of all the detailed information. The weekly guide to pregnancy in the back was a nice touch, and I used their outline to write up a birth plan ( which my nurses complimented). I would recommend it if you want to know your options.
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Mom-to-be or friend-of-mom-to-be? This is the best source for straight-forward and approachable information about having a baby. It's all the stuff you need to plan the kind of birthing experience you want. Imagine that your circle of friends is a group of women who knew everything about birthing -- and this book is even better to learn what you want and need to know.
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An excellent book about having a baby in many different scenarios! Offers global information about pros and cons about different types of deliveries. An essential guide for all moms! Beautiful pictures, latest medical recommendations, and easy to read.
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