The Complete Illustrated Birthing Companion: A Step-by-Step Guide to Creating the Best Birthing Plan for a Safe, Less Painful, and Successful Delivery for You and Your Baby

The Complete Illustrated Birthing Companion: A Step-by-Step Guide to Creating the Best Birthing Plan for a Safe, Less Painful, and Successful Delivery for You and Your Baby

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ISBN-13: 9781592335336
Publisher: Fair Winds Press
Publication date: 01/01/2013
Pages: 224
Product dimensions: 7.90(w) x 9.90(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Amanda French, M.D., completed her residency training in obstetrics and gynecology at Boston Medical Center in Boston, Massachusetts. She is board certified by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology and is a Fellow of the American Congress of Obstetrics and Gynecology. She has been employed in private practice with teaching responsibilities at the level of clinical instructor at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston. In addition, she has worked as an assistant professor in obstetrics and gynecology at Columbia University Medical Center in New York with the primary responsibility of teaching residents and medical students. Dr. French is now at Boston Children's Hospital and is on the associate staff of Brigham and Women's Hospital in the department of pediatric and adolescent gynecology. Her current academic appointment is Clinical Instructor of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Biology at Harvard Medical School. Dr. French has delivered over a thousand babies over the course of her career.Susan Thomforde, C.N.M., has been a practicing nurse midwife for more than 27 years. She's been called "a midwife's midwife"—the highest compliment in midwifery. She was a member of the Tufts University faculty while working at St. Margaret's Hospital and has been an adjunct faculty member for Yale University, Case Western Reserve University, and University of Pennsylvania midwifery students. For the past 17 years, she's been delivering babies at the North Shore Birth Center in Beverly, Massachusetts—one of two free-standing birth centers in the state of Massachusetts. Susan was inspired to be a midwife by her aunt, who was one of the early nurse-midwives in the United States in the 1930s.Jeanne Faulkner, R.N., has a 20-year history as a labor and delivery, postpartum, neonatal, and NICU nurse and a ten-year history as a health writer. She studied nursing at Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center School of Nursing and California State University, Los Angeles. She's helped thousands of parents through every possible birthing scenario from the most natural to the most complicated. She shares her real world perspective and practical advice on the obstacles and opportunities parents face both inside and outside the hospital in her weekly column for Fit Pregnancy magazine online called "Ask the Labor Nurse," and contributes regularly to Fit Pregnancy magazine, the Oregonian newspaper, The Huffington Post, QualityHealth.com, and MyRegence.com. Her work has appeared in Better Homes and Gardens, Real Simple, Shape, Northwest Healthy Living, and many other publications and websites. She's also an advocate, writer, speaker, and lobbyist for global women's and maternal health issues and has traveled with CARE (a global humanitarian organization) to work with mothers around the world.Dana Rousmaniere is a writer, editor, and author who has written for print and online publications, including Good Housekeeping, Healthy Living, Living Fit, Women’s Health, The Atlantic Monthly Online, Babble.com, CafeMom.com, and more. She was managing editor of Fit Pregnancy magazine online for many years, and has also held positions as senior producer at Lifetime Television Online and new media editor for Hearst Publishing. Her Fit Pregnancy blog, The Charlie Chronicles, was a finalist for the 2007 Maggie Awards for Best Regularly Featured Web Column. She is also the author of North Shore Baby, a field guide for Boston-area parents. Dana delivered two of her babies in hospital deliveries with epidurals, and delivered her third child - a 10.5 pound baby! - in a drug-free water birth. She lives with her husband and three children on Boston's North Shore.

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TIP: How to Make a Rice Sock

While you can buy a nice rice sock commercially, it’s just as easy to make your own. Simply find a clean tube sock and fill it with uncooked rice. Tie off the end, and put it in the microwave for 2 to 3 minutes. It’ll hold the heat—and relax your muscles—for up to a half an hour. Press it against your lower back, or wear it around your neck like a scarf to ease neck and shoulder pain. Alternatively, you can use the rice sock as a cold pack by putting it in the freezer for a few hours.

Table of Contents


Introduction

Congratulations—you’re pregnant! Now what?

Chapter 1 What’s Your Birthing Style?
From home birth to high-tech hospital birth

Chapter 2 Unmedicated, Vaginal Birth at Home
What it is, why it may or may not be right for you, pros and cons, and how to prepare for this labor path

Chapter 3 Unmedicated, Vaginal Birth in a Birth Center
What it is, why it may or may not be right for you, pros and cons, and how to prepare for this labor path

Chapter 4 Unmedicated, Vaginal Birth in a Hospital
What it is, why it may or may not be right for you, pros and cons, and how to prepare for this labor path

Chapter 5 Epidural, Vaginal Birth in a Hospital
What it is, why it may or may not be right for you, pros and cons, and how to prepare for this labor path

Chapter 6 Induction of Labor in a Hospital
What it is, why it may or may not be right for you, pros and cons, and how to prepare for this labor path

Chapter 7 Vaginal Birth after Cesarean (VBAC )
What it is, why it may or may not be right for you, pros and cons, and how to prepare for this labor path

Chapter 8 Planned Cesarean Birth in a Hospital
What it is, why it may or may not be right for you, pros and cons, and how to prepare for this labor path

Chapter 9 Unplanned Cesarean Birth in a Hospital
What it is, why it may or may not be right for you, pros and cons, and how to prepare for this labor path

Chapter 10 Managing the Pain of Labor
Your labor toolkit, from rice socks to spinal blocks

Chapter 11 A Tri-By-Tri Guide
A week-by-week checklist for each trimester and a timeline to prepare for your birth experience

Chapter 12 Create Your Birth Plan
Nail down your “wish list,” and what to do when things don’t go accordingly to plan

Acknowledgments

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