Pregnancy, Childbirth, and the Newborn: The Complete Guide

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Simon and Schuster, Mar 29, 2016 - Health & Fitness - 512 pages
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If you only buy one pregnancy book, this should be the one! It’s the most complete. It covers all aspects of childbearing, from conception through early infancy, and tells you what to expect. It offers detailed information, suggestions on decisions to make, and advice on steps to take to have a safe and satisfying experience.

The Award-Winning Resource Recommended by Experts & Loved by Parents

Parents love this book because it puts them in control by explaining a wide range of options, information, and questions to ask, so parents can find what works best for their health situation, personal goals, and priorities.

Experts love this book because it’s based on the latest medical research and recommendations from leading health organizations. It’s practical—rooted in the real-life experiences of new families. The five authors bring a combined total of 150 years of experience working with expectant and new families as educators, nurses, counselors, doulas, physical therapists, and lactation consultants. They have attended hundreds of births, heard thousands of birth stories, and assisted innumerable new parents in adapting to their new lives. Not only that, the authors have a combined total of 12 children and 12 grandchildren. All of this experience allows them to write with compassion, understanding, and wisdom based on what really works in the real-world of parenting.

The companion website offers even more details on select subjects, including lists of all the best resources on each topic and worksheets to guide parents’ decision-making process. The website also includes a bonus chapter on pre-conception, which provides ways to improve your health and fertility before pregnancy begins.

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Pregnancy, Childbirth, and the Newborn: The Complete Guide

User Review  - Barbara Kundanis - Book Verdict

Now in its fifth edition, this informative guide covers the multiple stages of the birth experience and beyond. Childbirth educator and doula Simkin; registered nurse and lactation consultant Janet ... Read full review

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User Review  - kschloss - LibraryThing

This is the fifth edition of a book I read, reviewed, and loved many years ago, when I was first starting out as a childbirth educator. Penny Simkin is an authority I respect and admire, and her ... Read full review


So Many Choices
Common Changes and Concerns in Pregnancy
Having a Healthy Pregnancy
Feeling Good and Staying Fit
Eating Well
When Pregnancy Becomes Complicated
The Importance of Planning for Birth and Post Partum
Your Postpartum Plan
When Childbirth Becomes Complicated
All about Cesarean Birth
What Life Is Like for a New Mother
When Post Partum Becomes Complicated
Caring for Your Baby
Feeding Your Baby
When Youre Pregnant Again
Common Medications Used for Pain Relief during Labor

Labor Pain and Options for Pain Relief
Comfort Techniques for Pain Relief and Labor Progress
What Childbirth Is Really Like
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About the author (2016)

Penny Simkin, a physical therapist, has been a childbirth educator and doula since 1968.  She trains childbirth educators, doulas, and doula trainers and frequently conducts workshops for doctors, nurses, and other medical professionals.

Janet Whalley, a registered nurse and lactation consultant (IBCLC), has been a childbirth educator since 1975.

Ann Keppler, a registered nurse, parish nurse, and lactation specialist, has taught childbirth classes and new parent classes since 1975.

Janelle Durham, a social worker, has worked with new parents since 1993.  She is a birth doula, childbirth educator, and lactation educator.

April Bolding has a doctorate in physical therapy and is a childbirth educator, birth doula, water fitness instructor, and author.

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