Mothering the Mother: How a Doula Can Help You Have a Shorter, Easier, and Healthier Birth

Mothering the Mother: How a Doula Can Help You Have a Shorter, Easier, and Healthier Birth

Mothering the Mother: How a Doula Can Help You Have a Shorter, Easier, and Healthier Birth

Mothering the Mother: How a Doula Can Help You Have a Shorter, Easier, and Healthier Birth

Synopsis

This indispensable book by three distinguished authorities on childbirth shows how every expectant parent can use the help of a doula, or trained labor companion. In their vivid, step-by-step guide, the authors follow the actual course of birth in various settings. They show readers how to achieve these dramatic benefits, and how to find and evaluate the doula.

Excerpt

Labor support is centuries old, but its advantages have now been Validated in six controlled studies and its positive benefits should not be overlooked. . . . The challenge is to turn to obstetric technology only when necessary, relying instead on the Practice of continuous labor support to help the birth process follow its natural, normal course.

JOHN KENNELL,MARSHALL KLAUS, ET AL. Journal of the American Medical Association

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