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The Birth Partner 5th Edition: A Complete Guide to Childbirth for Dads, Partners, Doulas, and All Other Labor Companions by [Penny Simkin]

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PRAISE for THE BIRTH PARTNER “Penny Simkin shows how giving support in childbirth is not only a matter of helping a woman through labor and delivery—important though that is—but also of enabling her to cherish a meaningful memory of birth.” – Sheila Kitzinger, author of Rediscovering Birth and The Complete Book of Pregnancy and Childbirth “A clearly written book that describes what really happens in our maternity units. I recommend it highly for both parents and a supportive friend.” – Marshall Klaus, M.D., author of Bonding, Your Amazing Newborn and Mothering the Mother --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.

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Penny Simkin, P.T., is a physical therapist, childbirth educator, doula, and birth counselor. She is nationally recognized as a premier authority on childbirth, having helped 9,000 expecting women and birth partners in childbirth and attended hundreds of couples though the birth process. Simkin is a prolific author and serves on more than ten different consultant and editorial boards, including the journal Birth: Issues in Perinatal Care, The International Childbirth Education Association, and The Seattle Midwifery School, where she also provides training for doulas and lectures for the students. She has written myriad books, journal and magazine articles. She is also co-founder of DONA International (formerly Doulas of North America) and The Pacific Association for Labor Support. In addition to providing childbirth education, birth counseling, and labor support, Simkin travels extensively throughout the country, lecturing and presenting at conferences and workshops. For more information, please visit Simkin's website at pennysimkin.com

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B07JJQXB87
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Harvard Common Press; 5th edition (October 9, 2018)
  • Publication date ‏ : ‎ October 9, 2018
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 5765 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Sticky notes ‏ : ‎ On Kindle Scribe
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 440 pages
  • Page numbers source ISBN ‏ : ‎ B09Q4P4RWK
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Penny Simkin, PT, is a physical therapist who has specialized in childbirth education and labor support since 1968. She estimates she has prepared over 13,000 women, couples, and siblings for childbirth. She has assisted hundreds of women and couples through childbirth as a doula. She is author or co-author of books for both parents and professionals, including “The Labor Progress Handbook;” “Pregnancy, Childbirth, and the Newborn: The Complete Guide;” “When Survivors Give Birth: Understanding and Healing the Effects of Early Sexual Abuse on Childbearing Women;” “The Birth Partner: A Complete Guide to Childbirth for Dads, Doulas, and All Other Labor Companions,” She has developed teaching materials for birth classes and produced several videos for educators, doulas, and families , the latest of which is for siblings-to-be, “There’s a Baby.” She is co-founder of DONA International (formerly Doulas of North America) and PATTCh (Prevention and Treatment of Traumatic Childbirth). Currently, she serves on the editorial board of the journal, Birth: Issues in Perinatal Care, and serves on the senior faculty of the Simkin Center for Allied Birth Vocations at Bastyr University, which was named in her honor. Today, her practice consists of childbirth education, birth counseling, combined with a busy schedule of conferences and workshops. Find out more about Penny at her website: www.pennysimkin.com.

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I brought this book for a doula class that I am taking later this month. I love how informative it is not only for doulas but as a partner and someone who is bringing a new soul into this world. It has a lot of information that I will be able to use later in life that will help further my career in Nursing
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very helpful, except for the loss of all "mothers"
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My sister is giving birth at the end of summer. She's the first person I've known really well to be going through pregnancy and giving birth, so aside from what you might 'figure to be so' most of this is new to me. I had no idea it's such a process—and learning that alone I think makes me more sympathetic and helpful to her.

Anyway, my goal with the book is to learn what to expect as the pregnancy goes on, how to handle things during the birth, and in general to know enough to be helpful and supportive for her. Kind of like a doula but without the actual training.

This book is a great resource. It goes through in quite a lot of detail the different stages of birth, for example, covering what the mother might be feeling, what the birth-partner (father) might be feeling, what the doula might be doing, and what the caregivers might be doing. (At EACH stage.) It has suggested exercises to start now to make the birth easier. Some general advice for the mother.

All in all I think it's very helpful. The colored pages to help you find important sections is nice, although there are a LOT so I'll be dog-earing and using bookmarks, and keeping this for reference going forward!

The loss of 1 star is my disgust at the 5th edition. I'd borrowed the 4th edition from the library, but after about a chapter I figured I wanted my own copy so I bought one. Perhaps the 5th edition had more useful information, or more concise narratives?
Quite the opposite.
Instead, someone went through find-and-replace and changed the word 'mother' to "pregnant person" or "laboring person" or "person in labor". Congratulations, all you who were excited to be "mothers", you'll find that word mind-bogglingly sparse in this edition.
Aaaand they missed a few places (you'll see a few 'mother' and 'woman' that were spared the purge). So it wasn't like they actually cared about it, more like a cursory gesture toward... whomever might be offended at the word 'mother'? And who is that exactly? Even if you don't consider yourself a 'mother' you understand what the book is talking about, it's not like 'pregnant person' is any better. It just makes it LONGER and less personal.
I may have raged quite a bit when I realized this had happened (which was instantly). If I were a first-time mother I would send the book back. Seriously.
(I considered it anyway. But I can't figure out how to get the 4th edition so I'll just keep being frustrated.)
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