The Doula Book

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

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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 labour support reduces the rate of cesarean sections, length of labour, 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 labour support, and how hypnosis is used to ease and shorten labour. No expectant parent will want to be without this empowering and irreplaceable book.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 272 pages
  • 171 x 228 x 18mm | 430g
  • Da Capo Lifelong
  • Boston, MA, United States
  • English
  • 3rd ed.
  • photos
  • 0738215066
  • 9780738215068
  • 37,020

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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."
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About John Kennell

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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