Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See this image

Mothering The Mother: How A Doula Can Help You Have A Shorter, Easier, And Healthier Birth Paperback – March 20, 1993

ISBN-13: 978-0201632729 ISBN-10: 0201632721 Edition: 1st

9 New from $17.63 46 Used from $0.01 3 Collectible from $9.88
Amazon Price New from Used from
Paperback
"Please retry"
$17.63 $0.01
Unknown Binding
"Please retry"
Free%20Two-Day%20Shipping%20for%20College%20Students%20with%20Amazon%20Student


NO_CONTENT_IN_FEATURE

Best Books of the Month
Best Books of the Month
Want to know our Editors' picks for the best books of the month? Browse Best Books of the Month, featuring our favorite new books in more than a dozen categories.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Da Capo Press; 1 edition (March 20, 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0201632721
  • ISBN-13: 978-0201632729
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 8.1 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #142,879 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Discover books, learn about writers, read author blogs, and more.

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5 stars
Share your thoughts with other customers

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

40 of 42 people found the following review helpful By Treasure Grier on February 14, 2000
Format: Paperback
I just finished the book in two days which is an accomplishment with four children at home. EVERY expectant mother should read this book and let it open your eyes to the TREMENDOUS help a doula can be. Even the most skeptical mothers or partners will finish this book with a new sense of what a doula is and how her services should be in EVERY hospital and birthing center. I recommend it to everyone expecting even if you have never heard of a doula. There is an entire chapter deticated to the studies of how doulas shorten labor, enhance labor experiences, lessens c-sections, lessen post partum depression....and the list goes on and on. Inform yourself, inform your partner, this book is excellent.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
27 of 28 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 9, 1997
Format: Paperback
"Doula is a Greek word referring to an experienced woman who helps other women. The word has now come to mean a woman experienced in childbirth who provides continuous physical, emotional, and informational support to the mother before, during, and just after childbirth." That's how the authors of "Mothering the Mother" define a doula. Sound wonderful? After reading the book, you'll think so. "Mothering the Mother," written by childbirth authorities Marshall H. Klaus, M.D., John H. Kennell, M.D., (co-authors of "Parent-Infant Bonding") and Phyllis H. Klaus, M.Ed, C.S.W., is fascinating reading.
The book explains the role of the doula, how she can support the mother and father during birth, and cites studies that document how birth with a doula improves outcomes in areas such as length of labor, rates of vaginal deliveries, the use of medications and other interventions. According to the authors, doulas shorten first-time labors by an average of two hours, decrease the chance of Cesarean section deliveries by 50 percent, decrease the need for pain medications, help fathers participate in the birth with confidence, increase success in breast-feeding.
"Mothering the Mother" follows the actual course of birth in various settings and includes photos of birthing women being assisted by fathers and doulas. The book shows readers how to achieve the benefits of having a doula, and how to find and evaluate a doula.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 6, 1999
Format: Paperback
I am a doula and the information that is contained in this book is informative and helps our clients learn about what we can and cannot do to help them. I feel that every mother should have a doula. Not because I am a Doula, but because I had a Doula myself. This book will let couples make informed decisions about having a doula at their birth.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
22 of 24 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 10, 1997
Format: Paperback
I ordered this book from Amazon.com and read

it cover to cover the day it arrivedl It is

FULL of information about what Doulas can do

for couples wanting to have a happy birth

experience as well as how a Doula is a

unique and incredibly important addition to

to any happy childbirth experience. This book

not only tells the reader the results of the

research that's been done on how a Doula can

help shorten labor and how a Doula can improve

the feelings of the couple after the birth

both to each other and the child, but it also

explains exactly what a Doula does and what

she ACTUALLY DOES for the couple during the

birth.
As a registered Doula working towards

certification, I just can not say enough good

things about this book...or about Amazon.com's

service and I recommend both liberally

whenever I get the chance.<BR
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 8, 1999
Format: Paperback
any woman or couple who is expecting a baby should take the time to read this wonderful book, then check out the opportunities for labor assistance in their area. What a difference it can make in having a birth experience that you will look back on fondly.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 8, 1997
Format: Paperback
Inspired me to hire a doula/labor assistant- and it was definitely worth it. Find out what most of womankind throughout history has known about support in labor, and why you should rely on someone other than just your partner. He has a different role, learn what the role of a doula is
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 5, 1997
Format: Paperback
This warm hearted book describes how a doula (professional
labor support) can help you decrease labor pain, decrease
cesarean sections and other complications, while enhancing
the experience for you and your partner. It includes sections
on the medical studies concerning doulas, and certification
programs available.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Persis T. Bristol on February 15, 2002
Format: Paperback
I am a soon-to-be doula in training. This was the first book I've read from the required reading list. The writing is well put together and down to earth. It was an excellent overview of the challenges ahead. It works well as a first "taste" of the service offered by loving, caring, labor assistants.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again

Most Recent Customer Reviews