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Heart and Hands: A Midwife's Guide to Pregnancy and Birth Paperback – November 1, 2004
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Elizabeth Davis's Heart and Hands, though subtitled A Midwife's Guide to Pregnancy and Birth, is not just for midwives. It's an excellent and thorough resource for parents-to-be who are thinking about delivering their child with a midwife, or who are concerned about the medical establishment's over-control of birth. (Two previous editions sold more than 100,000 copies and there are nowhere near 100,000 midwives or midwifery students to buy this book, proving that parents-to-be have looked to this resource for options.)
Completely updated in the third edition, Heart and Hands is a practical guide, textbook, and reference that is both hands- and hearts-on. Davis, a long-time, well-known midwife, gives how-to details on all aspects of midwifery practice, including prenatal care, problems in pregnancy, assisting at births, labor complications (including a devastating and beautiful description of a stillbirth by midwife Shannon Anton), and caring for the entire family postpartum. Each chapter has a special section "for parents," but expectant parents can use all of Heart and Hands to get as much knowledge as possible about their upcoming experience. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
From the Publisher
* Thoroughly revised and updated fourth edition of the classic text for midwives, also useful for expecting parents, nurses, childbirth educators, doulas, and other labor helpers.
* Features new diagrams and photographs, updated midwifery forms, and an expanded resource list for parents.
* Expanded sections on GBS, VBAC, gestational diabetes, and water birth address current controversies.
* Previous editions have sold more than 150,000 copies
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I picked this book up in preparation for our first homebirth. I had read reviews from other homebirth moms who highly recommended it. I began reading the book the instant I received it, and it met my expectations. Not only was in a fabulous natural childbirth resource, but it also gave detailed instructions on how to deal with nearly every possible situation, both in pregnancy and during the birth. Elizabeth Davis is careful to remind the reader of the safety and normality of a low-risk, natural childbirth.
I had some nursing experience before my first daughter was born, and my husband is an paramedic. Both of us were very pleased with how well written and medically accurate Heart & Hands was. There are diagrams and illustrations that greatly assist the reader in understanding certain situations, like how to handle shoulder dystocia during birth. The back of the book contains charts and forms for use during the pregnancy up to after the baby is born (prenatal care forms and a detailed APGAR chart, for example).
This book was an extremely valuable resource for me, as it left me feeling truly educated on all the possible outcomes of pregnancy and childbirth, along with the proper ways to handle them. It was like my "birth bible", especially when the time came, as our midwife didn't make it to my birth and my husband and I delivered the baby ourselves. I wasn't at all nervous about it as I felt very prepared for the situation partly based on what this book taught me. I have re-read it during every pregnancy since then.
Again, I recommend this book to everyone. It's a powerful eye-opener to natural pregnancy and childbirth.