Doulas: Why Every Pregnant Woman Deserves One [NOOK Book]

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An emotional and powerful book that discusses the positive difference a doula can make during any pregnancy

 

A doula can help women achieve a birth that is exactly the way they would like—quietly and peacefully in a dimly lit room, in absolute control of the labor and birth, feeling safe and supported. Doulas are trained to look after women, both emotionally and physically, during pregnancy, labor, and birthing. They empower women to ...

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Doulas: Why Every Pregnant Woman Deserves One

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Overview


An emotional and powerful book that discusses the positive difference a doula can make during any pregnancy

 

A doula can help women achieve a birth that is exactly the way they would like—quietly and peacefully in a dimly lit room, in absolute control of the labor and birth, feeling safe and supported. Doulas are trained to look after women, both emotionally and physically, during pregnancy, labor, and birthing. They empower women to negotiate the best care for themselves and their babies. They act as an advocate, steering women and their partners through the sometimes daunting hospital system, or if they are having the baby at a birth center or at home, the doula provides support, reassurance, and encouragement. Educating expectant parents on what a doula is, why a pregnant woman needs one, and what to look out for when selecting one, this resource includes information on Australia, UK, France, and the United States.

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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: 9781921878909
  • Publisher: Rockpool Publishing
  • Publication date: 9/1/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 168
  • File size: 12 MB
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Meet the Author



Susan Ross has been a midwife for more than 30 years, is the founder and director of a doula training school, and is the author of Birth Right.
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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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