The Doula's Guide to Empowering Your Birth

The Doula's Guide to Empowering Your Birth : A Complete Labor and Childbirth Companion for Parents to Be

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Experienced doula, Linsey Bliss, shows you how to prepare physically and mentally for every element of having a child, from pregnancy to fourth trimester in The Doula's Guide to Empowering Your Birth.

Lindsey Bliss, who has assisted as a doula at hundreds of births and is herself a mother of seven, reveals here all the wisdom and advice that doulas share with the new mothers who hire them.

The Doula's Guide to Empowering Your Birth covers the period from pregnancy through labor and birth to fourth trimester healing. The focus, however, is on preparing for birth--including topics like how to pick the right childbirth class and the right birthing method. You'll also see how to assemble the team of professionals, family members, and friends who will support you through labor and birth, and how to approach last-minute decisions about pain medications and cesarean sections.

Bliss's tone throughout is at once authoritative and confident as well as warm and encouraging. Her concern in her practice as well as in these pages is to listen to and help secure each new mom's own personal vision of a birthing experience that is safe, fulfilling, and meaningful.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 208 pages
  • 150 x 229 x 20.32mm | 476.27g
  • Boston, MA, United States
  • English
  • 30 line art illustrations
  • 1558328955
  • 9781558328952
  • 183,939

Table of contents


Your Pregnancy
You're Pregnant! Now What?
Announcing Your Pregnancy
Morning Sickness Remedies
The Do's and Don'ts of Pregnancy
How to Have a Positive Pregnancy
Body Changes
Reducing Anxiety During Pregnancy
All-Inclusive Pregnancy and Birth
Naming Your Baby
Assembling Your Support Team
Choosing Your Care Provider
Choosing a Birthing Method and Childbirth Education Classes
Creating Birthing Preferences
Working through Past Traumas

Giving Birth

Fourth Trimester Healing
Newborn Heaven/Chaos
Transition into Parenthood

About the Author
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Review quote

We doctors know that having a doula by your side is the secret ingredient for an amazing birth. Among doulas, Lindsey Bliss is the best of the best and in this terrific book she shares her secrets with you. * Jaqueline Worth, M.D., OB/GYN, Village Obstetrics, New York City, and Mt. Sinai School of Medicine * Lindsey Bliss is the go-to guide for anyone interested in a mindful pregnancy and empowering birth. * Colleen Wachob, Co-Founder of mindbodygreen * An inspired and essential guide to creating the birth you desire! The Doula's Guide to Empowering Your Birth offers a golden opportunity to have your own personal, experienced doula guide you to an understanding of the many choices you have for you and your baby in birth and beyond. Lindsey Bliss, an experienced and wise doula, has witnessed birth in many ways and provides in these pages the tips and wisdom you need to prepare for a safe, empowered, powerful, and truly memorable birth. * Debra Pascali-Bonaro, creator of the Pain to Power and co-author of Orgasmic Birth * Lindsey Bliss is an exceptional woman with years of life experience as the mother of seven children and hands-on experience as a doula who has dedicated her life to serving new mothers in both prosperous and underserved communities. The Doula's Guide to Empowering Your Birth translates medical language into plain English and explains the many choices available to you, so that you can be empowered in your birth. * Elizabeth Bachner, owner, midwife, and clinic director, GraceFull birthing center, Los Angeles *
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About Lindsey Bliss

Lindsey Bliss is a widely respected doula, or childbirth coach, who is quoted frequently in New York and national media. She is a co-founder of the doula agency Carriage House Birth, which has assisted in more than 1100 births in New York and Los Angeles since 2011. Herself the mother of seven children, including two sets of twins, she knows labor and childbirth well both personally as well as professionally. She lives in New York City.
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