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  • Series: Non
  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Harvard Common Press; Revised edition (May 16, 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1558320431
  • ISBN-13: 978-1558320437
  • Product Dimensions: 2.4 x 3.5 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #292,403 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Easing Labor Pain is Adrienne Lieberman's positive and encouraging guide to everything an expectant mother can do to make sure pain doesn't overshadow the joy of giving birth." -- Western New York Family Magazine

"Completely updated, Easing Labor Pain stands out for its balanced approach. This is an indispensable handbook for expectant mothers as well as childbirth educators." -- Fairfield County Kids

"If you ever wanted a book on "All you need to know about the pain in childbirth and more," then Easing Labor Pain is the book for you." -- Genesis --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Easing Labor Pain is a positive and encouraging guide to everything an expectant mother can do-from pregnancy through postpartum, but especially during labor-to make sure that pain does not overshadow the joy of giving birth. Adrienne Lieberman presents a host of techniques that work, including breathing and relaxation exercises, massage, biofeedback, acupressure, hypnosis, and many more. With practical advice about choosing the best childbirth class, birth attendant, and birth environment, and about the pros and cons of drugs and medical procedures, Easing Labor Pain is the essential guide to a more comfortable and rewarding birth.

There is no better way to learn about choices than to read Adrienne Liebermans most informative book. -Elisabeth Bing, author of Six Practical Lessons for an Easier Childbirth

This book is important to read during pregnancy. It is beautifully written and extensively researched. -Niles Newton, Ph.D., Northwestern University Medical School

The book is well-written, holds out no false hopes for painless childbirth, but also tells us that we live in marvelous times when prospective mothers and fathers can work with health professionals to make the birth of a child the joy it ought to be. -Ronald Melzack, Ph.D., McGill University, co-author of The Challenge of Pain

Ms. Lieberman provides a thorough understanding of all the options, information available nowhere else in such a complete and unbiased form. -Beth Shearer, co-director, Cesareans/Support Education and Concern

Easing Labor Pain is strongly recommended for anyone having a baby and for professionals involved in maternity care. It presents a balanced view of both standard and alternative pain control. -Linda Hughey Holt, M.D., obstetrician, author of the AMA Guide To Womancare --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


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I wanted a book that gave you natural, alternative ways of coping with labor pain.
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34 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Shaz on December 15, 2001
Format: Paperback
Whether you're fretting over your first time giving birth, or (like me) you're currently housing your 3rd baby, "Easing Labor Pain" is a must-have. Some women have contractions that they classify as "uncomfortable, but not unbearable", while others say it was the worst experience of their life. Good ol' Mother Nature always keeps us on our toes by offering no set pattern to tell one way or the other what degree of pain we'll suffer during labor. Instead of offering one particular method to use, "Easing Labor Pain" explains every option available; Lamaze or Bradley method? Epidural? What about "water birth"? Should I have induced labor? What drug-free options are there to relieve pain? Any question you can think of is covered in this 247-page gem, as well as the pros and cons of any particular procedure or method, allowing you to consider all options before heading into the delivery room. I'm a 3rd time birthing veteran (1 c-section, 1 VBAC), and yet I'm still thrilled to find a book that gives me info and ideas to consider regarding this subject.
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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 5, 1997
Format: Paperback
In a non-judgemental manner, this book covers ALL of the
options for pain relief during labor and birth. It has
accurate information, personal comments on subjects such as:
epidural anesthesia, positioning, TENS, accupressure,
support and much, much more! A must read for every expectant
couple!
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 9, 2001
Format: Paperback
I think I'm a typical mom-to-be -- I know that pain relief medications have some risks, and I'd like to try to avoid them if alternative pain relief works, but I'm not determined to avoid medications at all costs, either.
I found this book extremely helpful because it gave a lot of great, practical suggestions for non-drug relief -- relaxation exercises, TENS units, etc. -- but also presented information about the drug options. I felt like I was getting a lot of facts without a lot of ideology/propaganda, and this is a loaded enough issue that I consider that like a breath of fresh air.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Nikdoula on March 22, 2002
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This book covers pain relief options available to expectant mothers - and just that. No goofy personal, religious, or spiritual beliefs to be pushed on anyone - just interesting, factual information written in a friendly manner.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By kerizzo on July 27, 2007
Format: Paperback
I highly recommend this book to anyone beginning their search on how to handle labor pain. The first chapter gives an excellent description of the different types of pain you may feel (better and more complete than any others I have read), and really helps you prepare for what you may face. The other chapters give great summaries of different methods for relieving/handling the pain. While they are not complete how-to chapters on the techniques' uses, it will help you know which are the best options for you so that you can then do more investigation elsewhere for details on the specifics of the techniques. It is well written and a great starting point.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By M.E.G.S. on January 18, 2006
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This book is wonderful! Adrienne Leiberman presents the information about natural childbirth in a realistic and down to earth manner. The book gives great detailed information about the entire process of birth in a factual manner without becomming too clinical. She gives easy to learn exercises in visualization and relaxation to manage and even lessen the pain of childbirth. Although it is evedent that she prefers a natural childbirth to one that uses medications for pain releif, she provides plenty of information about pain medications that may be available at the time of delivery. This book helped me gain the confidence I needed to give birth naturally by informing me about what was happening to my body throughout the process, why it is painful, and how to properly manage that pain and discomfort. Buy this book!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By K. Bethoulle on July 3, 2010
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I read this book before the birth of my 3rd child. I previously had HORRIBLE pain during labor and always caved and got the epidural. After reading this book, it really helped me understand physiologically WHY I was feeling pain, how to cope with the pain (and more importantly, the FEAR), and how to use the contractions productively! The result was not a pain free labor, but a MUCH more painless labor, and an amazingly beautiful birth experience! No kidding, it was...perfect!! I was ephoric, and I would have done it again in a heartbeat! I was writing poetry for weeks afterward about the incredible birth experience!! Highly recommend!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Decorating Fanatic on January 19, 2007
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This was the book I was looking for. I wanted a book that gave you natural, alternative ways of coping with labor pain. This hit the nail on the head. Like other readers have said you got the facts without the bias. There were even sections on using medication as well as common interventions during labor. This was definitely worth the money and should be helpful to me during labor!
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