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Labors of Love: A Doula's Birth Stories Paperback – December 18, 2010
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Penny Stansfield's engaging Labors of Love: A Doula's Birth Stories will inspire and educate readers with its wide variety of birth accounts and all kinds of everyday miracles. You'll feel as if you were there yourself. What a wonderful way to learn what birth is REALLY like! This is a must-read for expectant parents, doulas, and maternity care providers. --Penny Simkin, PT, Author of The Birth Partner: A Complete Guide to Childbirth for Dads, Doulas, and All Other Birth Companions.
Insightful, powerful and inspiring! Penny's storytelling provides a view into the most intimate moments in a woman's life. Feel a doula's nurturing presence - understand first-hand the many benefits of having a doula. Penny's stories will educate and prepare you to welcome your baby with confidence and power. --Debra Pascali-Bonaro, LCCE, CD (DONA), Director of Orgasmic Birth: The Best-Kept Secret, Co-Author Orgasmic Birth: Your Guide to a Safe, Satisfying and Pleasurable Birth Experience.
This compendium of birth stories told from the perspective of a birth doula, weaves a rich tapestry of colorful patterns, reflecting beautifully the endless array of diverse and unique experiences women and their families have while laboring and giving birth. --Laurie Stephen, DONA Certified Birth Doula, DONA Approved Birth Doula Trainer, Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator, Fellow in the American College of Childbirth Educators.
About the Author
Penny Bussell Stansfield was born and educated in the UK. She lived in France for 15 years before moving to the United States in 1995. Penny has been a childbirth educator in the UK, France and the US for 25 years. She became a DONA International Certified Birth Doula in 1997 and has attended over 100 births. In 1998, she was certified as a DONA International Birth Doula Trainer and has taught more than 30 workshops nationwide. In 2000, Penny became a licensed massage therapist, with a specialization in working with pregnant women. She is one of the creators of the Cortiva Institute's Maternity and Infant Massage Program, a graduate-level course for certified massage therapists taught throughout the US. Penny is currently the co-owner of Hillsborough Massage Therapy LLC in Hillsborough, NJ where she specializes in prenatal and postpartum massage. She is also on the education team at Mama Mio Skincare, an international provider of safe and effective high-quality skincare products for pregnancy and postpartum. Penny understands that the birthing experience is a transformative event in a woman s life. Her professional activities are focused on nurturing women through touch, emotional support and education during pregnancy, birth and postpartum. She lives with her husband Rob in New Jersey and has three children.
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Books that I've read that did have such birth stories given by moms, dads, doulas, midwives and others attending the births have included
- Artemis Speaks: VBAC Stories and Natural Childbirth Information
- Spiritual Midwifery
- Ina May's Guide to Childbirth
- Journey into Motherhood
- Birth Stories, Mystery, Power, and Creation
- Lady's Hands, Lion's Heart