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The Official Lamaze Guide: Giving Birth with Confidence
     

The Official Lamaze Guide: Giving Birth with Confidence

by Judith Lothian, Charlotte DeVries
 

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This second edition of The Official Lamaze Guide has been updated to reflect the latest evidence-based research on pregnancy and childbirth.  Lamaze believes that all women have the right and the responsibility to get complete and accurate information about maternity care, so they can make the best decisions for their family. Its goal is to take the mystery out

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This second edition of The Official Lamaze Guide has been updated to reflect the latest evidence-based research on pregnancy and childbirth.  Lamaze believes that all women have the right and the responsibility to get complete and accurate information about maternity care, so they can make the best decisions for their family. Its goal is to take the mystery out of having a baby and help you better understand how your body works during pregnancy and childbirth, giving you the confidence to make decisions that best ensure the safety and health of you and your baby.  The Official Lamaze Guide now presents Lamaze’s six Healthy Birth Practices to promote natural, safe, and healthy birth experiences.  The Official Lamaze®  Guide is a celebrated winner of an iParenting Media Award.

Safe and Healthy Birth… Your Way!  Finally, a book that tells you what to expect, not what to fear, during pregnancy and birth!  The Official Lamaze Guide is the first and only pregnancy and childbirth guide endorsed by Lamaze International, the leading childbirth education organization in North America.  Its goal is to take the mystery out of having a baby and help you better understand how your body works during pregnancy and childbirth, giving you the confidence to make decisions that best ensure the safety and health of you and your baby.

Written in plain English with a respectful, positive tone, this book presents:  how pregnancy and birth progress naturally, information on choosing your maternity care provider and place of birth, the best available medical evidence to help you make informed decisions, steps you can take to alleviate fear and manage pain during labor, and practical strategies to help you work effectively with your care provider.

This book is an essential resource for all expectant parents who want to make decisions they can feel confident aobut for a safe, healthy pregnancy and birth, and the best start for their baby.  The Official Lamaze®  Guide is a celebrated winner of an iParenting Media Award.  

Editorial Reviews

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“What Lamaze offers women isn’t a ‘method’ but rather the confidence to stop worrying and start believing that a woman’s body does birth best, and that every woman deserves patient, gentle, unwavering support through this process. This book gives women something new to ‘expect’: to be amazed at our own power and strength.”

—Jennifer Block, author of Pushed: The Painful Truth About Childbirth and Modern Maternity Care

“This is a superb book. Though it’s called ‘official,’ it isn’t written in bureaucratic language and isn’t heaped with instructions. It’s humane, funny, tender, down-to-earth and joyful. Essential reading for all pregnant women who seek autonomy in childbirth.”

—Sheila Kitzinger, author of The Complete Book of Pregnancy and Childbirth

The Official Lamaze Guide: Giving Birth with Confidence is the first book that every pregnant woman should read before she makes any decisions about her maternity care. This book is a breath of fresh air. By following these explanations and recommendations women will gain the best chance of having a normal, natural, healthy, and empowering birth.”

—Marshall Klaus, MD, and Phyllis Klaus, MFT, CSW, authors of The Doula Book, Your Amazing Newborn, and Bonding

“This book is a wonderful resource that provides information, knowledge, and skills to expectant parents who want to play a central role in their children’s births.”

—Penny Simkin, coauthor of Pregnancy, Childbirth, and the Newborn

“At last there is a resource that emphasizes normal birth and increases parents’ confidence. The honest information and reassuring tone of the authors truly get to the heart of women’s fears and allow them to explore those fears in a safe way. The book contains life skills such as communication and negotiation and tells the simple story of birth in a manner that left me in awe. I wish I had been able to share this book with expectant families during my first seventeen years of teaching and being a doula.”

—Ann Grauer, LCCE, CD(DONA), PCD(DONA), past president of DONA International

The Official Lamaze Guide: Giving Birth with Confidence is one of the rare books today containing an unapologetically woman-centered view of birth…. The authors strongly advocate natural birth…. They emphasize that women’s bodies are beautifully designed to grow, birth, and nurture babies. The Official Lamaze Guide…should be in every [pregnant mother’s] hands.”

—Jane Pincus, BA, MAT, MFA, Birth: Issues in Perinatal Care

“Warm and wise, honest yet reassuring, chock full of information, and based on the latest and best research—any pregnant woman who wants a normal birth should put this book on her A list.”

—Henci Goer, author of The Thinking Woman’s Guide to a Better Birth

The Official Lamaze Guide is a source of information that women need to have and a message that women need to hear. I think it accomplishes its purpose skillfully and has the potential to be a transformative influence. I hope women read it, absorb it, and begin to celebrate birth!”

—Molly Remer, MSW, CCCE

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781451619225
Publisher:
Meadowbrook
Publication date:
10/05/2010
Sold by:
SIMON & SCHUSTER
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
320
Sales rank:
1,064,546
File size:
12 MB
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Meet the Author

Judith Lothian is a nurse and childbirth educator with over 30 years of experience.  She is an associate professor at Seton Hall University College of Nursing and is chair of the Lamaze International Certification Council.  Charlotte Devries is a journalist, past president of Lamaze International's board of directors, and a current board advisor.
Charlotte DeVries is a journalist, past president of Lamze International's board of directors, and a current board advisor.

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