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The Official Lamaze Guide: Giving Birth with Confidence, 2nd Edition Paperback – October 12, 2010
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—Jennifer Block, author of Pushed: The Painful Truth About Childbirth and Modern Maternity Care
“This is a superb book. Though it’s called ‘official,’ it isn’t written in bureaucratic language and isn’t heaped with instructions. It’s humane, funny, tender, down-to-earth and joyful. Essential reading for all pregnant women who seek autonomy in childbirth.”
—Sheila Kitzinger, author of The Complete Book of Pregnancy and Childbirth
“The Official Lamaze Guide: Giving Birth with Confidence is the first book that every pregnant woman should read before she makes any decisions about her maternity care. This book is a breath of fresh air. By following these explanations and recommendations women will gain the best chance of having a normal, natural, healthy, and empowering birth.”
—Marshall Klaus, MD, and Phyllis Klaus, MFT, CSW, authors of The Doula Book, Your Amazing Newborn, and Bonding
“This book is a wonderful resource that provides information, knowledge, and skills to expectant parents who want to play a central role in their children’s births.”
—Penny Simkin, coauthor of Pregnancy, Childbirth, and the Newborn
“At last there is a resource that emphasizes normal birth and increases parents’ confidence. The honest information and reassuring tone of the authors truly get to the heart of women’s fears and allow them to explore those fears in a safe way. The book contains life skills such as communication and negotiation and tells the simple story of birth in a manner that left me in awe. I wish I had been able to share this book with expectant families during my first seventeen years of teaching and being a doula.”
—Ann Grauer, LCCE, CD(DONA), PCD(DONA), past president of DONA International
“The Official Lamaze Guide: Giving Birth with Confidence is one of the rare books today containing an unapologetically woman-centered view of birth…. The authors strongly advocate natural birth…. They emphasize that women’s bodies are beautifully designed to grow, birth, and nurture babies. The Official Lamaze Guide…should be in every [pregnant mother’s] hands.”
—Jane Pincus, BA, MAT, MFA, Birth: Issues in Perinatal Care
“Warm and wise, honest yet reassuring, chock full of information, and based on the latest and best research—any pregnant woman who wants a normal birth should put this book on her A list.”
—Henci Goer, author of The Thinking Woman’s Guide to a Better Birth
“The Official Lamaze Guide is a source of information that women need to have and a message that women need to hear. I think it accomplishes its purpose skillfully and has the potential to be a transformative influence. I hope women read it, absorb it, and begin to celebrate birth!”
—Molly Remer, MSW, CCCE
About the Author
Charlotte DeVries is a journalist, past president of Lamaze International’s board of directors, and a current board advisor. She works alongside her husband, a sociologist, on childbirth and midwifery research and education. She also writes a newspaper column on life as a working mother of three and grandmother of one.
Top Customer Reviews
The authors provide a calm, strengthening atmosphere, blending physiological facts with practical advice and the wisdom of experience. They encourage women to apply to their labors the strengths they acquire while meeting life's challenges. They connect childbearing to the whole of women's lives.
Positive childbirth stories abound. The authors suggest that woman-to-woman conversations are especially important, and advise carefully listening to others' experiences -- how have other labors and births unfolded, where did they flow. or not flow, and why? Pay careful attention to what is said, and what is not said, the feelings that exist beneath the words.
Readers are referred, among other sites and publications, to The Maternity Center Association's useful website (now called The Childbirth Connection) and its literature, to birth advocacy groups, and to midwifery organizations.
This book is rare in its wholehearted support of natural birth. It reclaims the word "natural," which has been so scapegoated and abused. It's one of the books I'd recommend, along with Ina May Gaskin's Guide to Childbirth, to young women as a necessary part of their learning about pregnancy and childbirth. And it's a breath of fresh air to all of us so passionately concerned with the well-being of women and their babies.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Absolutely love this book! My favorite of all the birthing books I am reading!Published 4 months ago by je
I am a childbirth educator and I'm reading this book as a recommendation for the Lamaze test I am taking in April . Read morePublished 5 months ago by Heather Dalka
As a childbirth educator and birth doula, I highly recommend this book to any expectant family! I can't believe I didn't know about it when I was pregnant. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Megan Edgington
Great if you want information that will help you deal with labor and delivery. It gave me the education I needed to feel comfortable on what was going on and was able to deliver... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Jessica
If I could give negative stars, I would. This book tries to convince you that doctors and hospitals are evil and will ruin your birthing experience.Published 15 months ago by Elizabeth
I love this book it really helped me to know how to empower a mom who is in labor and it helped me know how to be confident as a new doula helping those moms.Published 15 months ago by KendraLynneArellano