The Doula Book: How a Trained Labor Companion Can Help You Have a Shorter, Easier, and Healthier Birth [NOOK Book]

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For an entire generation of new parents, this warm, expert work has become the standard guide to the shortest, easiest, and healthiest childbirth. Now a thoroughly updated and revised edition offers new research showing how labor support reduces the rate of cesarean sections, length of labor, need for pain medicine, and number of episiotomies. New material also demonstrates the positive effects of having a doula on mother-infant bonding, how relatives or friends can be trained in labor support, and how hypnosis ...
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The Doula Book: How a Trained Labor Companion Can Help You Have a Shorter, Easier, and Healthier Birth

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Overview


For an entire generation of new parents, this warm, expert work has become the standard guide to the shortest, easiest, and healthiest childbirth. Now a thoroughly updated and revised edition offers new research showing how labor support reduces the rate of cesarean sections, length of labor, need for pain medicine, and number of episiotomies. New material also demonstrates the positive effects of having a doula on mother-infant bonding, how relatives or friends can be trained in labor support, and how hypnosis is used to ease and shorten labor. No expectant parent will want to be without this empowering and irreplaceable book.
 
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
World-wide renowned authorities on birthing and bonding, Klaus and Kennell (Bonding) team up once again in this new work, focusing on the role of the doula, a Greek word that means "woman caregiver." Today, the authors explain, doula has come to mean an experienced labor companion who provides parents-to-be with emotional and physical support during labor, delivery and, to some extent, postpartum. The three authors (Phyllis Klaus teaches psychotherapy at the Erikson Institute in California) describe how a doula can help the birthing process, detailing studies that indicate doula-supported births result in a major reduction in the length of labor, a greater than 50% drop in cesarean sections, a decrease in a mother's need for pain medication and fewer feeding problems for babies after birth. Over the past decade, the authors claim, "evidence for the benefits of doula support has been accumulating dramatically." Expectant parents will find this exciting information, and it may impact their birthing plans. With appendixes and photos (many of which, unfortunately, seem to date from the 1970s) detailing a doula's training, relaxation and visualization techniques, the book will also be vital for women considering entering this field. As usual, the team of Klaus and Kennell presents its work in a clear, compassionate manner, offering new insights and ways to make birthing a safe and positive experience for all involved. (Nov.) Copyright 2003 Cahners Business Information.
Library Journal
A doula, from the Greek word meaning "woman caregiver," acts as a companion to a woman before, during, and, to a lesser extent, after labor. Unlike a midwife, she does not provide obstetrical care (i.e., deliver babies) but rather offers continuous and individualized emotional and physical support in order to foster a sense of reassurance, shorten labor, and decrease the need for pain killers and cesarean section. In this update of Mothering the Mother (1993), neonatologist Klaus, pediatrician John H. Kennell, and psychotherapist Phyllis H. Klaus carefully delineate the specific functions and characteristics of a well-trained doula, the criteria for selecting one, and the numerous benefits of using one. Real-life examples of the interaction among the doula, the mother, and her partner illuminate what it's like to work with a doula. Appendixes provide detailed information about the training of doulas, the techniques that they employ, and the results of clinical trials of labor support. The only drawback is that the photographs appear rather dated. A fine acquisition for public library pregnancy and health collections.-Linda M.G. Katz, Drexel Univ. Health Sciences Libs., Philadelphia Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
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Sacramento Book Review, June 2012“Has been a mainstay for both couples considering hiring a doula and women in training to become a doula for years…This book is a great place for women to start when looking to learn more about labor companions. It is full of valuable knowledge and useful personal anecdotes that pregnant women and potential doulas alike will find beneficial. Spread the word and hire a doula!”

Portland
Book Review, 9/12/12
“Clear, motivational, and inspirational.”

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780738215495
  • Publisher: Da Capo Press
  • Publication date: 4/3/2012
  • Series: A Merloyd Lawrence Book
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition description: Third Edition
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 156,161
  • File size: 8 MB

Meet the Author


Marshall H. Klaus, MD, internationally known neonatologist, is professor emeritus of pediatrics at the University of California, San Francisco, School of Medicine. Distinguished pediatrician John H. Kennell, MD, is professor emeritus of pediatrics at Case Western Reserve Medical School. Psychotherapist Phyllis H. Klaus, MFT, LMSW, is widely known for her practice and teaching of the psychology of pregnancy.
 
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments for Third Edition ix

Introduction to Third Edition xi

1 The Need for Support in Labor 1

2 The Special Role of the Doula 13

3 Enhancing the Birth Experience 31

4 Reducing Discomfort, Pain, and Anxiety in Childbirth 51

5 Obstetric Benefits of Doula Support 77

6 Longer-Term Benefits of Doula Support 103

7 Birth with a Doula 117

8 A Father's True Role 135

9 A Female Relative or Close Friend Trained as a Doula 153

10 Postpartum Care 167

Appendix A The Training of a Doula 191

Appendix B Relaxation, Visualization, and Self-Hypnosis Exercises for Pregnancy, Labor, Birth, and Breastfeeding 211

Appendix C Characteristics of Randomized Clinical Trials of Labor Support 227

Appendix D Resources 229

Notes 233

Index 239

About the Authors 249

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  • Posted September 17, 2011

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    Highly recommend!

    I've read several books now on my quest to become a Doula and this was my favorite so far! Great for anyone that is expecting or that is considering being or hiring a Doula.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted August 8, 2006

    Fantastic Book!

    A great read, with good citations and a lifetime of work that has changed a nation!

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