The Birth Partner

Okay, so since I made my previous post titled Required Reading #4, I have learned that CAPPA will not accept Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth as one of my required readings.  No big deal.  It was a fantastic read.  And, I lost nothing by having read it.  : )

So, my ‘new’ required reading was The Birth Partner – Everything You Need to Know to Help a Woman Through Childbirth (Second Edition) written by Penny Simkin, P.T.  This book was, for lack of a better word, awesome!  I will add it to my Lending Library, but have already purchased the Third Edition, which is called The Birth Partner – A Complete Guide to Childbirth for Dads, Doulas, and All Other Labor Companions to carry with me in My Doula Bag.  And, I very highly recommend that everyone read this book while pregnant.  In fact, I will probably read it as well to see if there is any new information for me to take in.

Okay, so ‘Part One – Before the Birth’ has a fantastic chapter regarding ‘The Last Few Weeks of Pregnancy’ with an exceptional section called ‘Getting Ready for Labor.’  This section has every thing you’ve already thought of and every little thing that you have not thought of.  It includes some exercises that can help with labor and instructions for how to use prenatal perineal massage.

‘Part Two – Labor and Birth’ covers every little thing as well.  I am telling you, this book is extremely thorough.  ‘Getting into Labor,’ ‘Moving Through the Stages of Labor,’ ‘Comfort Measures for Labor,’ and ‘Strategies for Difficult Labors.’

‘Part Three – The Medical Side of Childbirth’ provides ‘Key Questions for Informed Decision Making’, ‘Tests, Technologies, Interventions, and Procedures,’ ‘Problems That May Arise in Late Pregnancy, Labor, or Afterwards,’ ‘Medications for Pain During Labor,’ and ‘Cesarean Birth, and Vaginal Birth After Cesarean.’  The entire book contains graphs to make it easy for you to compare options and learn about the pros and cons of each very quickly.  Another reason not to be caught without the knowledge to be able to make informed decisions.  No excuses for not being informed anymore.  ;-)

‘Part Four – After The Birth’ has a chapter called ‘The First Few Days Postpartum’ outlining what you should and should not be doing as a new parent.  It also provides information on all of those ‘tests’ that are performed on newborns and whether or not they are required by law or simply protocols that must be followed unless you choose to decline them.  It also has a Self-Assessment quiz for new mothers to take to help detect Postnatal Depression.  The last chapter is ‘Getting Started with Breastfeeding.’ 

Anyhow, I kid you not … this book covers every possible thing.  Not only does it provide all kinds of useful information, the author has shaded the edges of the pages of the sections that you might need in a hurry and a fairly thorough index to help you find what you’re looking for quickly as well.

~ by cmb0414 on March 31, 2010.

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