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
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 about for a safe, healthy pregnancy and birth, and the best start for their baby.
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About 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. Dr. Lothian is a nationally recognized speaker on birth and breastfeeding, a columnist for The Journal of Perinatal Education, and a mother of five and grandmother of seven.
Charlotte DeVries is a journalist, past president of Lamaze International’s board of directors, and a current board advisor. She works alongside her husband, a sociologist, on childbirth and midwifery research and education. She also writes a newspaper column on life as a working mother of three and grandmother of one.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 Having a Safe, Healthy Birth 1
Chapter 2 The History of Birth: Back to the Future 9
Chapter 3 You're Pregnant! 35
Chapter 4 Choosing a Caregiver and Birth Site 47
Chapter 5 Moving through Pregnancy 71
Chapter 6 Preparing for Labor and Birth 95
Chapter 7 The Simple Story of Birth 105
Chapter 8 Keeping Your Birth Safe and Healthy 111
Chapter 9 Finding Comfort in Labor 131
Chapter 10 Birth Plans and Baby Plans 143
Chapter 11 Getting the Safe, Healthy Birth You Want: Communication, Negotiation, and Decision-making 169
Chapter 12 Greeting Your Newborn 181
Chapter 13 Early Parenting 209
Appendix A Safe, Healthy Birth: What Every Pregnant Woman Needs to Know 235
Appendix B The Mother-Friendly Childbirth Initiative 249
Appendix C The Rights of Childbearing Women 259
Appendix D Lamaze International Position Papers 263
Appendix E The Birth Doula's Contribution to Modern Maternity Care 279
Recommended Resources 295
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I read this book because I wasn't sure what method of childbirth I wanted to go for. And after reading it, I must say that Lamaze is NOT for me. I still finished reading this one though and I'm glad that I did. When you get past the "Doctors-Are-The-Anti-Christ-And-Midwives-Are-Where-It's-At" attitude, it does offer a lot of valuable information on childbirth and the whole hospital process. Even though Lamaze isn't for you, I'd still recommend you picking this one up as a good source of information.
When I think of Lamaze I think of all of the different techniques that one can use to cope with labor. That comprises about 8 pages total in this book. All the pages before are spent telling you how terrible hospitals and OBs are and basically makes you feel like a bad person or mother for choosing to use and OB as a caregiver and give birth in a hospital. It was really VERY biased. The pages afterward are spent discussing breastfeeding and newborn care, which is lovely, but it's not Lamaze. Plus, I own other texts that go into much greater detail on both of these subjects.
The Official Lamaze Guide is an excellent resource for all childbirth educators. It gives clear and concise instructions for the reader on presenting information and methods for helping women as they go through labor. I purchased this book to assist me in preparation for the Lamaze chilbirth educator certification exam and I feel it will be very helpful.
I read this book when my husband and I were still thinking about staring a family. I found it educational as well as inspiring. After reading this book I felt confident that I could give birth naturally and without fear. I am now in my third trimester, and can't wait for my own birth experience. This book illuminates a lot of the standard medical practices that are now considered routine during childbirth, and provides you with accurate information as to why a lot of them are often unecessary and potentially harmful. It is educational, not preachy. I would highly recommend it!
This is really a great book for preparing for childbirth. Especially if you are thinking of going natural (no pain meds or interventions). It's extremely informative about the procedures typically done in the hospital and all the pros/cons of those procedures. They really stress no pain meds but they never tell you specific alternatives to pain meds. Breathing or other coping techniques are not covered in detail. That's the only thing I didn't like. I now have to find another book that tells me exactly how to deal with the pain without meds. I would recommend this book for education purposes but if you are looking for other methods of dealing with pain you may need another book for reference. Good luck!!