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The Birth Partner, 4th Edition, Completely Revised and Updated: A Complete Guide to Childbirth for Dads, Doulas, and Other Labor Companions Paperback – July 1, 2017
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About the Author
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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It covers positions, including drawings and descriptions that tell what each position helps with; like relieving back pain or changing the baby's position from a bad one to a good one. I brought copies of these pages to the birth center and used them to help Rachel be more comfortable and promote the baby's movement and position. Our midwife used one of the positions in this book to help the birth happen within minutes of doing it. If we hadn't done that position we probably would have had to do a surgical birth (C-Section).
The other important part for me was how to help the mother relationally to help her emotionally. It was the three Rs: Rest, Rhythm and Ritual. It wasn't common sense for a guy to know this stuff. Her midwife said we were a great team. It was because of the things I learned in this book.
There was allot more to this book that may help you. But those are the parts I used
This book presented facts in an unbiased manner, educating the reader, so that she could make a well-informed decison and prepare herself well without becoming more overwhelmed than she probably already is. Who needs to hear horror stories when they're preparing for birth? This was very educational and helpful.
I'd say this book is great for individuals that are interested in learning about the birthing process if they really have no idea about it whatsoever. This is something I will definitely be making my husband and brothers read because it will probably be eye-opening and helpful for them to understand the mental/emotional side of birth for both the mother and father.
The further I read the more interesting the book is for me and telling me some things I don't already know.