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Penny Simkin, P.T. (Pregnancy, Childbirth, and the Newborn) has written a clear, informative guide that includes a thorough description of everything a birth partner can expect. For a quick brush-up, or for sudden emergency situations where a birth partner is thrust into the role unprepared, the book also provides vital information and emergency tips that are clearly marked on pages with darkened edges. Every section includes a description of a stage of labor or circumstance, a description of what the caregiver (doctor, nurse or midwife) might do, and suggestions about what the birth partner's role should be.
The different sections include preparing for the birth, helping labor begin (in certain situations this is necessary), early labor , the stages of labor, strategies for special situations, the medical side of childbirth, and ways to assist after the birth. Of special note is a clear chart describing various drugs, their desired effects and secondary reactions, and the stages of labor in which each of them may be appropriate. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
I am going to help my daughter and this book is amazing. My daughter is in New York going to classes. I was learning the same exact information from Yhe Birth Partner. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Linda M. Simpson
I've given this to my sons and sons-in-law as well at to the partners of my doula clients. It's the next best thing I could do to being there at the births of my grandchildren. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Susan Schirber
HANDS DOWN THE BEST BOOK A BIRTHING PARTNER CAN READ TO PREPARE FOR BIRTH.Published 15 months ago by Jacqueline Lacy
I didn't realize this is the 2nd edition and therefore outdated. The 4th edition is the most recent and available on Amazon.Published 17 months ago by sarahl
I really like this book for my own reading as well as for my husband. Very informative without the unneeded naked pictures and I think it explains everything step by step quite... Read morePublished 19 months ago by reader03
I read a lot in preparation for my first child. This book was the most helpful in preparing me and my birth partner for the birth experience. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Sarah Keenan