Doulas: Why Every Pregnant Woman Deserves One

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Imagine birthing your baby exactly the way you would like - quietly and peacefully in a dimly lit room in absolute control of your labour and birth, feeling safe and supported.

A doula can help you achieve this.

Doulas are trained to look after you, both emotionally and physically, during pregnancy, labour and birthing. They empower you to negotiate the best care for you and your baby. They act as your advocate, steering you and your partner ...

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Overview

Imagine birthing your baby exactly the way you would like - quietly and peacefully in a dimly lit room in absolute control of your labour and birth, feeling safe and supported.

A doula can help you achieve this.

Doulas are trained to look after you, both emotionally and physically, during pregnancy, labour and birthing. They empower you to negotiate the best care for you and your baby. They act as your advocate, steering you and your partner through the sometimes daunting hospital system. If you have chosen to have your baby at a birth centre or at home, your doula will be with you and your partner providing support, reassurance and encouragement.

In Doulas you will find all you need to know about:

choosing the right doula for you

what care is available

prenatal education

the stages of labour

conquering your fear of labour and birthing

the magic of hormones during birth

PLUS wonderful, inspiring stories from women and men of the wisdom and understanding that doulas bring to the experience of giving birth.

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Editorial Reviews

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“A lovely, convincing, and succinct guide to the importance of doulas and their significant success in lowering medical interventions. . . it offers an abundance of wisdom to be thankful for and—better yet—implemented. Let the world take note.”  — Library Journal
Library Journal
There are simply not many books in print that exclusively address doulas. Instead, the subject is often given a brief nod in larger, medicalized pregnancy books. Midwife, author, and doula trainer Ross here offers a lovely, convincing, and succinct guide to the importance of doulas and their significant success in lowering medical interventions, helping pregnant women understand their choices, providing invaluable support to both mom and dad, and increasing rates of breastfeeding, to name but a few positive outcomes. While the book's Australian provenance is obvious, it does not impede understanding for the reader, and information on pregnancy and birth in many different nations—including the United States—is outlined and explained. Covering such topics as birth plans, conquering fear, prenatal care, and breastfeeding, the book is accompanied by black-and-white photographs and includes many birth stories throughout. VERDICT This hopeful and encouraging book should be widely available in public libraries. In combination with Ina May Gaskin's Birth Matters (2011) and Penelope Leach's Child Care Today (2009), it offers an abundance of wisdom to be thankful for and—better yet—implemented. Let the world take note.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781921295300
  • Publisher: Rockpool Publishing
  • Publication date: 9/1/2012
  • Pages: 168
  • Product dimensions: 6.60 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 2.20 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements iv

Introduction Every pregnant woman deserves a doula 1

Chapter 1 Why choose a doula? 9

Chapter 2 About pregnancy and choices 23

Chapter 3 Fear - and how it relates to birthing 53

Chapter 4 Hormones - let them flow! 71

Chapter 5 The role of the doula in your labour and birth 93

Chapter 6 Breastfeeding 137

Chapter 7 Helpful support during pregnancy 149

Bibliography 165

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