Preparation for Birth: The Complete Guide to the Lamaze Method

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The first complete guide for couples to the most popular method of natural childbirth. Destined to become the standard book on Lamaze, covering everything from the moment of pregnancy to the difficulties of adjusting to parenthood.

A leading expert on lamaze takes husbands and wives from pregnancy to post-partum while outlining all the options they need to know concerning doctors, medications, hospital and home delivery set-ups. ...

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Overview

The first complete guide for couples to the most popular method of natural childbirth. Destined to become the standard book on Lamaze, covering everything from the moment of pregnancy to the difficulties of adjusting to parenthood.

A leading expert on lamaze takes husbands and wives from pregnancy to post-partum while outlining all the options they need to know concerning doctors, medications, hospital and home delivery set-ups. Illustrated.

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Library Journal
, Beverly & Diana Simkin. Preparation for Birth: the completeguide to the Lamaze method. Ballantine. 1987. c.384p. photogs. by Mary M. Kennedy. illus. by Mary Motley. index. LC 85-90884. ISBN 0-345-31230-9. pap. $10.95. med These two guides advocate different methods of reaching the same goalnatural childbirth. Jones discusses the use of mental imagery to reduce the fear and tension which make childbirth more difficult. He includes ``imagery exercises'' designed to help women at each stage of their labor. Jones downplays the role of the commonly accepted Lamaze method and displays skepticism about conventional medical practice. His new technique sounds good but is not yet time-tested. The book by Savage and Simkin is an excellent, comprehensive guide to the Lamaze method. While strongly advocating natural childbirth, this book is aimed at a wide audience. Even those who opt for or require medical intervention will benefit from it. ``Birth reports'' and quotes from hundreds of parents depict a wide range of experiences. Among the topics covered are Lamaze breathing techniques, the physical process of labor, choosing a doctor or midwife, exercise and relaxation, medication, the role of the partner, postpartum, and the second baby. Preparation for Birth is an essential guide and should be in all public libraries. Jones's book is recommended as a supplement for those committed to a natural birth. Barbara Carroll, M.L.S., Eau Claire, Wis.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780345312303
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 2/28/1987
  • Edition description: 1st ed
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 480
  • Sales rank: 741,449
  • Product dimensions: 7.26 (w) x 9.18 (h) x 1.01 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 27, 2004

    Great Book!

    This book should be the 'What to Expect' book of childbirth books. It doesn't get into all the personal birth stories and such. It is well written and touches on so many topics, not just the Lamaze method. This book is a great read for any pregnant woman (not just those looking for Lamaze) because it really talks about the many aspects of birth. Very informative!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 29, 2000

    A Wonderful and Informative Lifesaver!

    I have to say, I am so happy that I came across this book. I needed to know the details, and even though it was alittle scary..it made me aware of what needed to happen. I especially loved the pictures and comments from real life mother's and father's. This is a must for every mom-to- be.

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