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Deliver! A Concise Guide to Helping the Woman You Love Through Labor Paperback – June 19, 2012
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About the Author
Julie Dubrouillet is a certified labor support doula, childbirth and lactation educator and pre-natal yoga instructor, as well as a trainer of childbirth educators and the mother of two children. The pre-natal Health Education Specialist at the Palo Alto Medical Foundation in Palo Alto, California, Julie has taught thousands of couples how best to approach childbirth and directly supported hundreds of couples through the births of their children. Simon Firth is a writer specializing in stories about parenting and technology. He's written for Salon, Wondertime, Food and Wine and the Christian Science Monitor among other publications and is a regular technology analyst for the London Evening Standard. He attended the births of his two children, where he lovingly supported his wife thanks to the tips he learned in a class taught by his co-author Julie. Julie was also the doula attending his children's births.
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The idea of having a Birth Plan is a brilliant way to bring one's wishes out of the shadows and, so, to create at least a sense of ownership, maybe even control, of this most fundamental of natural events. The book, in a friendly, encouraging style, pulls back the veil of mystery so that everyone can see what they're in for, and plan for it appropriately.
Here are 2 reasons why reading this book did all of that for me:
- The book is effective: The book is short but purposeful. I read the book in one sitting and was actually relieved after reading it. The child birth classes are useful but they also stress you out as you try and remember all the situations that you can potentially be in and the options you then have. However, after reading this book, I was surprisingly calm and assured about my role in the delivery process. Its a credit to the way book is written. The information is easy to read, organized well and most importantly practical. The take aways from each section are so subtle that you will feel confident and ready to implement them right away. In short, the book is very effective.
- The book is concise: There is no shortage of information on pregnancy and delivery. Many are subjective and opinionated. It is very easy to get overwhelmed. However, this book is, as the title says, concise. You can read it quickly, remember the important points and revisit them anytime. It literally takes you 30 minutes to read it. Most importantly, the book is concise because the content is clear. It has pointers that can actually make a difference in the delivery process.
In short, after reading the book you will be calm and understand the the things that can make a difference during labor. This is why I reached out to Julie and have since then recommended her book to every new father to be.