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Editorial Reviews

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Sacramento Book Review, June 2012
“Has been a mainstay for both couples considering hiring a doula and women in training to become a doula for years…This book is a great place for women to start when looking to learn more about labor companions. It is full of valuable knowledge and useful personal anecdotes that pregnant women and potential doulas alike will find beneficial. Spread the word and hire a doula!”

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“Clear, motivational, and inspirational.”

About the Author

Marshall H. Klaus, MD, internationally known neonatologist, is professor emeritus of pediatrics at the University of California, San Francisco, School of Medicine. Distinguished pediatrician John H. Kennell, MD, is professor emeritus of pediatrics at Case Western Reserve Medical School. Psychotherapist Phyllis H. Klaus, MFT, LMSW, is widely known for her practice and teaching of the psychology of pregnancy.
 
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Product Details

  • Series: A Merloyd Lawrence Book
  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Da Capo Lifelong Books; Third Edition edition (April 3, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0738215066
  • ISBN-13: 978-0738215068
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,273 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Customer Reviews

This was the first book I read on doulas and becoming one.
Alysha S
This is on the DONA international required reading list and is a must for every birth doula in training.
Kandace Beck
I really enjoyed reading it and learning all of the information it provided.
meg orozco

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mary F. Hanks on May 29, 2014
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I'm just beginning my Doula training and this was the 1st book of the required reading. I very much enjoyed the book and look forward to learning more!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Kandace Beck on November 29, 2012
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This is on the DONA international required reading list and is a must for every birth doula in training. But, if you aren't sure what a doula and are considering one for the birth of your baby, this is a great book to consider as well.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kate_565 on July 1, 2014
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I read this book as one of the first of five books that's required for doula certification, but it opened my eyes to a range of topics and possibilities when it comes to motherhood. It was such an easy read and I walked away with many talking points and things that I want to learn more about. Definitely read this book if you or anyone in your life is about to become a Mom (whether for the first, second, or fifth time). The combination of scientific studies and anecdotal stories tells a very convincing story about the importance of having a companion while going through the birthing process.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mj on August 5, 2013
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I am currently pursuing certification to become a doula, and found this book to be very helpful in understanding the role and importance of being a doula. It includes a few sections specifically on (very interesting) research regarding doulas, and includes extensive lists of the references, resources, and research sited for further reading. It also helped me to make the final decision in regards to whether or not I truly wished to pursue this new course in life.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Lisa R on November 5, 2013
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I started this book at the beginning of my doula training (it was recommended reading) and never actually finished it. It had some useful information for new doulas and for parents considering using a doula, but unfortunately did not have much I didn't already know. I think in its time this book was probably a bit revolutionary and could still be useful for parents who have no idea what a doula is, but otherwise it's not a necessary read.
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It is a proven fact that women giving birth can benefit from the assistance of a trained labor companion, more commonly known as a doula. Doulas provide one-on-one comfort and reassurance to laboring women through touch, environmental adjustments, providing knowledge about the process of labor and any medical interventions employed, and more. "The Doula Book" by Klaus, Kennell, and Klaus has been a mainstay for both couples considering hiring a doula and women in training to become a doula for years. The newly released third edition provides updated information for readers, such as research about unintended effects of common medical interventions and information on how a female relative or friend can be trained to support a laboring woman.

The idea of using a doula in childbirth is slowly becoming more mainstream, and with good reason: hiring a doula is scientifically proven to shorten labor time and reduce the need for relatively common medical interventions such as epidurals and cesarean sections. This book is a great place for women to start when looking to learn more about labor companions. It is full of valuable knowledge and useful personal anecdotes that pregnant women and potential doulas alike will find beneficial. Spread the word and hire a doula!

Originally published for San Francisco and Sacramento Book Reviews.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amanda on July 7, 2014
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This is more about the results of studies, over and over again. I am a fast reader but this book puts me to sleep.
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I love this book! I had a birth Doula for my second birth and was everything and more than I hoped for...inspired me to become a Certified Birth and Postpartum Doula through DONA, after already being a registered nurse in maternal child, and LC (IBCLC). I love the chapters devoted to Fathers in Child Birth, using interviews and actual quotes from Fathers themselves that were unsure at first, but highly recommend having a Doula after their experience... I think it does a superb job of really illustrating how the Doula differ in a unique way that actually benefits the entire family, laboring women, supportive husband (or other significant other), and backs everything up with much clinical research. Highly recommended! Complements The Birth Partner very well!
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