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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 - Amanda French

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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How to give birth is the most important decision of a woman's pregnancy, but navigating the maze of options is overwhelming. The Complete Illustrated Birthing Companion clearly lays out the process for eight successful birthing plans from home births and hospital births to a natural unmedicated delivery and C-sections. Each path outlines the latest research on every technique and procedure from water birthing to medications and includes "Real Deal" and "Inside Information" sections that detail the huge variations parents-to-be sometimes encounter. Written by an OB/GYN, nurse/midwife, and neonatal nurse, this photo-filled essential guide presents the most balanced and comprehensive perspective on all aspects of delivery today including red flags that indicate when another birthing plan may be more appropriate as well as helpful strategies and trimester-by trimester schedules for the smoothest birth experience possible.

About the Author

Amanda French, M.D., F.A.C.O.G. is a Boston-based, board-certified obstetrician and gynecologist who completed her training at Boston Medical Center. She has been employed in private practice and as a Clinical Instructor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston. She has also worked as an Assistant Clinical Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center in New York City. Currently, Dr. French is practicing at Beth Israel Deaconess-a Newsweek top-10-rated hospital. 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. Susan has taught classes on emergency delivery for the Association of Women's Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN) conference. 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. She resides in the Boston area. 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/journalist. She shares her real world perspective and practical advice on the obstacles and opportunities Suparents face both inside and outside the hospital in her weekly column for Fit Pregnancy Magazine online called Ask The Labor Nurse. She is 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. She lives in Portland, OR. Dana Rousmaniere is a Boston-based 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. Dana continues to write and work for some of the most-visited parenting sites online, including Babble.com and CafeMom.com.

Introductionp. 9
Congratulations-you're pregnant! Now what?
What's Your Birthing Style?: From home birth to high-tech hospital birthp. 13
Your birthing options: what they are, why they may or may not be right for you, pros and cons, and how to prepare for each labor path
Unmedicated, Vaginal Birth at Homep. 29
Unmedicated, Vaginal Birth in a Birth Centerp. 49
Unmedicated, Vaginal Birth in a Hospitalp. 65
Epidural, Vaginal Birth in a Hospitalp. 87
Induction of Labor in a Hospitalp. 103
Vaginal Birth After Cesarean (VBAC)p. 119
Planned Cesarean Birth in a Hospitalp. 133
Unplanned Cesarean Birth in a Hospitalp. 151
Managing the Pain of Labor: Your labor toolkit, from rice socks to spinal blocksp. 165
Creating Your Birth Plan: Nailing down your "wish list," and what to do when things don't go accordingly to planp. 179
Appendixp. 198
A Tri-By-Tri Guide: A week-by-week checklist for each trimester and a timeline to prepare for your birth experience
Referencesp. 206
Acknowledgmentsp. 213
About the Authorsp. 214
Photographer Creditsp. 216
Indexp. 217
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ISBN: 9781592335336
ISBN-10: 1592335330
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 192
Published: 1st April 2013
Dimensions (cm): 25.4 x 20.3  x 1.5
Weight (kg): 0.79