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The Official Lamaze Guide: Giving Birth with Confidence Paperback – October 4, 2005


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 300 pages
  • Publisher: Meadowbrook; 1 edition (October 4, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0684031744
  • ISBN-13: 978-0684031743
  • Product Dimensions: 0.7 x 5.9 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (64 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #839,760 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“"The Official Lamaze Guide: Giving Birth with Confidence" is one of the rare books today containing an unapologetically woman-centered view of birth…. The authors strongly advocate natural birth…. They emphasize that women’s bodies are beautifully designed to grow, birth, and nurture babies. "The Official Lamaze Guide"…should be in every [pregnant mother’s] hands.”

—Jane Pincus, BA, MAT, MFA, "Birth: Issues in Perinatal Care" --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

About the Author

Judith Lothian is a nurse and childbirth educator with over 30 years of experience. She is an associate professor at Seton Hall University College of Nursing and is chair of the Lamaze International Certification Council. Dr. Lothian is a nationally recognized speaker on birth and breastfeeding, a columnist for The Journal of Perinatal Education, and a mother of five and grandmother of seven.

Charlotte DeVries is a journalist, past president of Lamze International's board of directors, and a current board advisor.

More About the Author

Judith Lothian is a nurse and childbirth educator with over 30 years of experience. She is an associate professor at Seton Hall University College of Nursing and is a member of Lamaze International's board of directors. Dr. Lothian is a nationally recognized speaker on birth and breastfeeding, a columnist for The Journal of Perinatal Education, and a mother of five and grandmother of six.

Customer Reviews

This book claims to be evidence based, yet it is in fact far from so.
Becky
I've read two other birth books, "Having a Baby Naturally" and "Ina May's Guide to Childbirth".
T. Koehn
This book is very well organized, well thought out and is very informative.
imknattie

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Jane Pincus on November 18, 2005
Format: Paperback
Reading this book is like conversing with loving, knowledgeable friends. By being so gently, matter-of-factly certain about the "elegance" of the birthing process, Lothian and DeVries strongly counter today's obstetric fear-mongering and the non-stop "medicalization" of birth.
The authors provide a calm, strengthening atmosphere, blending physiological facts with practical advice and the wisdom of experience. They encourage women to apply to their labors the strengths they acquire while meeting life's challenges. They connect childbearing to the whole of women's lives.
Positive childbirth stories abound. The authors suggest that woman-to-woman conversations are especially important, and advise carefully listening to others' experiences -- how have other labors and births unfolded, where did they flow. or not flow, and why? Pay careful attention to what is said, and what is not said, the feelings that exist beneath the words.
Readers are referred, among other sites and publications, to The Maternity Center Association's useful website (now called The Childbirth Connection) and its literature, to birth advocacy groups, and to midwifery organizations.
This book is rare in its wholehearted support of natural birth. It reclaims the word "natural," which has been so scapegoated and abused. It's one of the books I'd recommend, along with Ina May Gaskin's Guide to Childbirth, to young women as a necessary part of their learning about pregnancy and childbirth. And it's a breath of fresh air to all of us so passionately concerned with the well-being of women and their babies.
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Kelly on August 3, 2010
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This book is a great "overall pregnancy" guide, but a really crappy lamaze guide. Only one chapter is dedicated to the actual lamaze methods. It doesn't even explain much about it, only briefly describes techniques that some women use. The rest of the book is very informative, but not about the actual lamaze process or helpful delivery information. It should just be called a general pregnancy guide.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Jacqueline Levine on November 10, 2005
Format: Paperback
At last!!! Here is a book that illuminates the miracle of what a woman's body does throughout pregnancy and birth in a wise and human way. It presents powerful, evidence-based information that explains and supports a woman's ability to give birth: it honors and celebrates this ability with the inclusion of wonderful birth stories. The book is informational and inspiring in equal measure, has a pleasing format and is movingly written. It's a first in its honesty, and the first book you should read about pregnancy and birth. I recommend this book with complete "confidence" that you will recommend it, too!!!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Mary N. Gibbons on November 9, 2005
Format: Paperback
I wish this book had been available during my first pregnancy! First time mothers are naturally filled with fear--mostly of the unknown. What will happen? Will it be as painful as they say? Will I get through it? This book would have alleviated those fears. In a simple way, it tells you what will happen and how you can get through it. But, most importantly it tells you over and over again not only that you can do it, but that you were made to do it. Buy this book. It will be the best gift you can give your baby and yourself.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Michelle Gallagher on November 7, 2005
Format: Paperback
I have read so many childbirth books and finally there is one that helps to teach us to trust ourselves!! This book is written in a down to earth and enjoyable manner that makes it a book you could even get your husband to read! Mine, loved it! It is comprehensive while also being personal. It is a book that every mother to be should read. It will be the book I send to each of my girlfriends as a gift when they get pregnant. Because this book is a gift to all Mothers!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Melissa Jones on January 10, 2006
Format: Paperback
I just bought this book for my sister-in-law, who is expecting her first child. I was a little intrigued, as I had been through Lamaze classes that were taught by someone credentialed by Lamaze International (called an LCCE). I read the entire book in one sitting and really thought that it explained everything perfectly -- from what may happen, the support options and how to establish a birth plan. I plan to have my second child in the next few years and have already purchased a second copy, so there's one in my house.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Henci Goer on November 28, 2005
Format: Paperback
Warm and wise, honest yet reassuring, chock full of information, and based on the latest and best research, any pregnant woman who wants a normal birth should put this book on her "A" List.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By imknattie on March 24, 2007
Format: Paperback
This book is very well organized, well thought out and is very informative. It's a great companion book for any couple who is considering going for a lamaze class or just want to get an idea of what the lamaze philosophy is. The book taught me alot more that I didn't know before I read the book. A big thank-you to the authors of this book. It encouraged me to sign up and take a lamaze class for my third and final pregnancy with my hopes of having a natural and drug-free labor.
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