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The Birth Book : Everything You Need to Know to Have a Safe and Satisfying Birth :  Everything You Need to Know to Have a Safe and Satisfying Birth - William Sears

The Birth Book : Everything You Need to Know to Have a Safe and Satisfying Birth

Everything You Need to Know to Have a Safe and Satisfying Birth

Hardcover Published: March 2004
ISBN: 9780316779074
Number Of Pages: 269

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Prepare for a safe and joyful birth-with the help of America's foremost baby and childcare experts Since women enjoy more birthing options today than ever before, the path toward a safe and satisfying birth can be fraught with important decisions. Planning, understanding the resources available to you, and developing your own birthing philosophy can make all the difference. In this comprehensive, reassuring, and authoritative guide, Dr. Bill and Martha Sears, the pediatrics specialists whose books on pregnancy, babies, and parenting have become widely praised bestsellers, thoroughly explore the abundant choices couples face when anticipating the birth of their child. The topics covered in The Birth Book include: * Selecting the right birthing environment and team *preparing physically and emotionally for childbirth *using prenatal tests and technology wisely *defining the father's role *selecting a childbirth class *lessening the discomfort and speeding the process of labor *choosing or avoiding anesthesia *finding the birthing position that's best for you and your baby *decreasing your chances for a cesarean birth *turning a surgical birth into a rewarding experience As the parents of eight children and as medical professionals with nearly three decades of experience, Dr. Bill and Martha Sears are uniquely qualified to answer virtually every question you might have about the birth process. Their one-of-a-kind guide, rich in information as well as inspiration, enables you to plan and create the birth you want.

A Word from Dr. Bill and Marthap. xi
Preparing for Birthp. 1
Our Birth Experiences--What We Have Learnedp. 3
Our Eight Births: Martha's Storyp. 3
Ten Tips for a Safe and Satisfying Birthp. 10
Birth--Then and Nowp. 15
Birth Before 1900: Home, Sweet Homep. 15
Birthing Practices 1900-1950: Birth the American Wayp. 18
Birthing Practices 1950-1990: Women on Topp. 22
The 1990s and Beyond: What's Aheadp. 25
What You Can Dop. 27
Choices in Childbirthp. 28
Working Out a Birthing Philosophyp. 28
Choosing Your Birth Teamp. 30
Choosing a Birth Placep. 38
Choosing a Childbirth Classp. 50
Getting Your Body Ready for Birthp. 59
Assuming the Right Pregnancy Posturep. 59
Good Body Mechanicsp. 60
Best Birth Exercisesp. 62
Eating Right--For Twop. 69
Tests, Technology, and Other Interventions That Happen on the Way to Birthp. 75
Electronic Fetal Monitoring (EFM)p. 76
Ultrasoundp. 80
Pitocin (Oxytocin)p. 84
Active Management of Labor (AML)p. 86
Episiotomyp. 88
Screening Tests for Birth Defectsp. 94
Cesarean Birthsp. 102
Why So Many Cesareans?p. 102
What Happens in a Surgical Birth?p. 104
When Cesareans Are Necessaryp. 108
Ten Ways to Avoid a Cesareanp. 109
Must Breech Babies Be Delivered Surgically?p. 113
VBAC--Yes, You Can! (Vaginal Birth After Cesarean)p. 117
Why the Worry?p. 117
What Are Your Chances?p. 118
Different Births--Different Feelingsp. 123
Easing Pain in Labor--What You Can Dop. 127
Why Birth Hurts--Why It Doesn't Have Top. 129
Why Birth Can Hurtp. 130
Understanding Pain Managementp. 132
Fear--Labor's Foep. 134
Strategies for a More Comfortable Laborp. 137
Relaxing for Birthp. 141
How Relaxation Helps Your Laborp. 141
Releasing Exercisesp. 143
Using Your Imaginationp. 146
A Potpourri of Relaxation and Comfort Tipsp. 150
Water for Birthp. 152
Touches for Birthp. 157
Breathing for Birthp. 160
Easing Birth Pains--How the Doctor Can Helpp. 166
The Trade-offp. 166
Narcotic Pain Relieversp. 167
Epidural Anesthesiap. 170
Questions You May Have About Epiduralsp. 172
Experiencing Birthp. 183
Best Birthing Positionsp. 185
Why Birthing Positions Make a Differencep. 185
Finding Your Best Birthing Positionp. 187
Labor and Deliveryp. 195
Prelabor Signsp. 195
If Your Labor Dragsp. 202
If Your Labor Stallsp. 204
What to Do When Your Water Breaksp. 206
What to Do When You're Overduep. 208
Labor Beginsp. 210
The Second Stage of Laborp. 219
The Third Stage of Laborp. 225
Composing Your Birth Planp. 231
Why Make a Plan?p. 231
A Sample Birth Planp. 234
Sample Birth Plan in Case a Cesarean Becomes Necessaryp. 236
Birth Storiesp. 237
Queen for a Monthp. 258
References and Additional Readingp. 260
Indexp. 263
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ISBN: 9780316779074
ISBN-10: 0316779075
Series: Sears Parenting Library
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 269
Published: March 2004
Publisher: Little, Brown & Company
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 19.05  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.42

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