The Birth Partner

The Birth Partner

A Complete Guide to Childbirth for Dads, Doulas, and All Other Labor Companions

Book - 2013 | Fourth edition
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"Since the original publication of The Birth Partner in 1989, new mothers' mates, friends, and relatives and doulas (professional birth assistants) have relied on Penny Simkin's guidance in caring for the new mother from the last few weeks of pregnancy through the early postpartum period. Fully revised in its third edition, The Birth Partner remains the definitive guide for preparing to help a woman through childbirth and the essential manual to have at hand during the event. This completely updated edition includes thorough information on: Preparing for labor and knowing when it has begun; Normal labor and how to help the woman every step of the way; Epidurals and other medications for labor; Non-drug techniques for easing labor pain; Cesarean birth and complications that may require it; Breastfeeding and newborn care; And much more. For the partner who wishes to be truly helpful in the birthing room, this book is indispensable"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: Boston, Massachusetts : The Harvard Common Press, [2013]
Edition: Fourth edition
ISBN: 9781558328198
Branch Call Number: 618.2 Simk 2013
Characteristics: xx, 396 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Contents: Before the birth
Labor and birth
The medical side of childbirth
After the birth


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Aug 20, 2018

The most comprehensive guide for birth. This book is required reading for doulas. My partner read this first and gave me lots of advice from the book. It's good for anyone to read if someone you love is going through pregnancy and you plan to be there for labor. Great for both partners to read, especially the expecting mother so you can have an educated position when speaking with physicians, or others who will aid in your birth process.

Apr 24, 2017

I disagree with the user who commented that you wouldn't want to read this if you're a pregnant mother. I HIGHLY enjoyed this book while pregnant, and read it before my husband did so that I could highlight the areas I hoped he would focus on.

It was a very good book, and very helpful for both the mother and the birth partner.

Apr 08, 2016

A really useful & comprehensive book for birth partners/dads. You do NOT want to read it though -- if you are the expecting mom.

Jul 17, 2014

This is the best book for any birth partner. It's the only one to read.


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