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Emergency Childbirth: A Manual [Spiral-bound]

by Gregory J. White
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)


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  • Spiral-bound
  • Publisher: Napsac Intl (May 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0934426015
  • ISBN-13: 978-0934426015
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 6 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #560,250 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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67 of 67 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nuts and bolts labor manual December 5, 2003
By A Customer
Format:Spiral-bound
I first ordered this book when I was pregnant considering unassisted childbirth. You won't find any touchy-feely birth stories here. Simply put, it is a reference tool that you can use in case of an unforeseen complication during childbirth. It is laid out in an organized way and tells you what to do if you run into the most common birth complications - excessive bleeding, baby not breathing, cord prolapse, etc.
If you are considering a home birth, get this book and take an infant CPR class. Even if you plan on doing a hospital birth, this book is worthwhile. Why? because it is nice having the peace of mind to know how to handle problems yourself. It is the responsible adult thing to do. Chances are, you will not need the information presented in this book because natural births have fewer complications. However, it is good material to know.
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47 of 47 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Required Reading April 7, 2005
Format:Spiral-bound|Verified Purchase
This should be required reading for every woman of childbearing age. No matter where you are planning to birth your baby, there is nothing like knowing what can be done for specific "complications" as well as what constitutes a true emergency. My only complaint is the statement that it is "convenient to have the mother on her back." Convenient for whom? Certainly not the woman giving birth.

Nevertheless, this is easy enough to pass over and certainly doesn't make this book worth passing up. If you want straightforward information on what to do in even some unusual situations, this is the book to buy. It is also reassuringly slim - meaning there really isn't all that much to cover in the way of things that can go wrong. It also has a quick reference section at the back which makes it very easy to find the information you need quickly, if the need arises.
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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Required Reading August 30, 2007
Format:Spiral-bound|Verified Purchase
This really should be required reading for every expectant parent. It provides a nice, reassuring counterpoint to hysterical fear mongering books like, "What to Expect (to go horribly wrong) When You're Expecting."
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Practical, but a little judgy and outdated. January 6, 2012
Format:Spiral-bound|Verified Purchase
This was a good resource. The parts on emergency baptism so the baby won't be in purgatory should the worst happen threw me a little. This was obviously written quite some time ago, but it was easy to read and understand and I am glad I purchased it for my unassisted homebirth.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great preparation! September 1, 2006
Format:Spiral-bound
I hear so many stories about mothers delivering babies in the car (husband's classmate) or on the bathroom floor (my friend) that it seems everyone should be prepared by reading this short book. Birth is a natural event, but we don't have the instincts to know what to do with the cord and everything else we might worry about if birth happened at a time or a place we weren't expecting. While it's old, the facts in this book are still sound. It left me less anxious. Meanwhile I have a friend who is terrified her baby will come before the birth attendant ... perhaps she should read this!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must have for all expecting parents... February 13, 2011
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This is a must have book for all expecting parents... or grandparents for that matter!!! Anyone can benefit from the information given in this book. It is an easy read, a short read and packed with necessary info, omitting things the average person doesn't need to know. It made my hubby feel SOOOO much better, when we were preg with our 2nd, and our first born had come 3 weeks early. My hubby was sure that one of these times (we have 6 children altogether) we surely wouldn't make it the 1 and 1/2 hour ride to the hospital, as I have VERY SHORT labors and deliveries. He even made our parents read the book, and he made copies of "the important parts" for them in case they happen to be the ones in the car with me while in transit to the hospital! Hehehhehe. Good amount of necessary info! A good buy for those expecting to deliver in the hospital or plan on home deliveries.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Must-Read for All August 9, 2009
Format:Spiral-bound
Every person would benefit from reading this book. Whether facing an emergency childbirth or a planned homebirth, it gets right down to the basics.
I have read many natural birth books. This is my favorite. It is short, to the point, and packed with information. Not too much, not too little, just right.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I would give every expectant mother a copy of this! January 8, 2005
Format:Spiral-bound
I bought this book while I was pregnant with my second child. I found it to be a good how-to manual for delivering a baby without a doctor on hand, whether you are planning to try a homebirth on your own or if you are just paranoid of going into labor and not being able to get to the hospital on time. I recently gave birth to my third child, and I kept this book with me in my purse everywhere I went for the last month of my pregnancy.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Help.
I planned my own home birth and this book was great for teaching my husband what to expect. I loved the authors concise explanations and sense of humor. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Jen
5.0 out of 5 stars FANTASTIC
This is a MUST OWN if you or your SO is expecting! It shows you that childbirth is nothing to fear, and makes you comfortable and confident for any situation or complication that... Read more
Published 4 months ago by suzannabell
5.0 out of 5 stars Great manual!
Although I felt like the manual was a little pricey $27...when the inside cover lists the manual as $18.99...it has very usefull information. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Jennifer Hansen
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Worthy and Practical Advice ... and -- right now, after a mention...
Very useful and practical book. Highly recommended for anyone expecting to deliver a baby (on either end of the delivery!).

Also extremely over-priced here today. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Jennifer
5.0 out of 5 stars Great resource...
A must read for expecting parents and just people in general that may find themselves attending a birth they never intended on. We had it at our unassisted homebirth. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Hannah
5.0 out of 5 stars Registering baby's birth is NOT required by law...
The only thing in this book I suspect was WRONG is the part where it ways that the baby's birth must be registered--though it's possible that a DOCTOR who attends a birth is... Read more
Published 22 months ago by J. Herendeen
5.0 out of 5 stars Need this book
I am interested in purchasing this book, but it says it's unavailable. Does anyone know where I could buy or borrow this book? Thanks~
Published on July 20, 2011 by pwfamily5
5.0 out of 5 stars Very informative
I bought this book because I intended to do an unassisted home birth and wanted to be prepared. It is geared more toward what do do in case baby comes early and you can't make it... Read more
Published on June 6, 2011 by alaska98
5.0 out of 5 stars required/recommended reading
Great book. Every expecting couple/ woman should read this, it is timeless.
Too bad the wise counsel written in this book is often ignored by those in the medical profession. Read more
Published on November 18, 2010 by Meme
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