The Official Lamaze Guide: Giving Birth with Confidence

The Official Lamaze Guide: Giving Birth with Confidence

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781439179796
Publisher: Hachette Books
Publication date: 10/12/2010
Edition description: 4th Edition
Pages: 305
Product dimensions: 8.98(w) x 5.92(h) x 0.65(d)

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

Preface ix

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

Afterword 231

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

Notes 287

Recommended Resources 295

Index 297

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onyxfox on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
dalefargo More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!!