The Doula Book: How a Trained Labor Companion Can Help You Have a Shorter, Easier and Healthier Birth

The Doula Book: How a Trained Labor Companion Can Help You Have a Shorter, Easier and Healthier Birth

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By (author) Marshall H. Klaus, By (author) John H. Kennell, By (author) Phyllis H. Klaus, By (author) Phyllis H. Marshall

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  • Publisher: Da Capo Lifelong
  • Format: Paperback | 272 pages
  • Dimensions: 175mm x 226mm x 23mm | 363g
  • Publication date: 19 April 2012
  • Publication City/Country: Camnridge, US
  • ISBN 10: 0738215066
  • ISBN 13: 9780738215068
  • Edition: 3, Revised
  • Edition statement: 3rd Revised edition
  • Illustrations note: photos
  • Sales rank: 63,349

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For an entire generation of new parents, this warm, expert work has become the standard guide to the shortest, easiest, and healthiest childbirth. Now a thoroughly updated and revised edition offers new research showing how labor support reduces the rate of cesarean sections, length of labor, need for pain medicine, and number of episiotomies. New material also demonstrates the positive effects of having a doula on mother-infant bonding, how relatives or friends can be trained in labor support, and how hypnosis is used to ease and shorten labor. No expectant parent will want to be without this empowering and irreplaceable book.

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Marshall H. Klaus, MD, internationally known neonatologist, is professor emeritus of pediatrics at the University of California, San Francisco, School of Medicine. Distinguished pediatrician John H. Kennell, MD, is professor emeritus of pediatrics at Case Western Reserve Medical School. Psychotherapist Phyllis H. Klaus, MFT, LMSW, is widely known for her practice and teaching of the psychology of pregnancy.

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Sacramento Book Review, June 2012"Has been a mainstay for both couples considering hiring a doula and women in training to become a doula for years...This book is a great place for women to start when looking to learn more about labor companions. It is full of valuable knowledge and useful personal anecdotes that pregnant women and potential doulas alike will find beneficial. Spread the word and hire a doula!" Portland Book Review, 9/12/12 "Clear, motivational, and inspirational."