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

ISBN: 0738206091

ISBN13: 9780738206097

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

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More and more parents-to-be all over the world are choosing the comfort and reassuring support of birth with a trained labor companion called a "doula." This warm, authoritative, and irreplaceable guide completely updates the authors' earlier book, Mothering the Mother, and adds much new and important research. In addition to basic advice on finding and working with a doula, the authors show how a doula reduces the need for cesarean section, shortens...

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Awesome book!

This book provides so much needed information, studies and facts that women need to make informed decisions about labor! It's so hard to find this information anywhere else, and in such a easy-to-read format! It's refreshing! It's also a quick read if you are interested in natural labor.

Great Resource for Mothers-to-Be

For a woman just learning about what a doula does and what benefits can be gained for the whole family, I wholeheartedly recommend this research-based book. I know many other childbirth educators, midwives, and parents who use this book often, find it as readable as I do, and greatly respect its authors.

Excellent Resource

I am a working doula and found this book to be of great value. I would think it is better for the potential doula rather than the expectant mother as a resource. This book clearly outlined the research studies to support a doula-assisted birth. At no point did I feel there was a political agenda attached to the content. It was clear in outlining the significant benefits and risks of any method or intervention. I am an unbiased doula assisting women in whatever birth they chose whether it be medicated or not, the book simply lays out the benefits of doulas.

very comprehensive book about doulas

I had Mothering the Mother from the same authors, and was not sure if it was going to be worth it to buy The Doula Book, the 2nd edition. As soon as I picked a copy up in the store, I realized that is was going to be worth it. It has a lot of updated information in it, additional birth stories and examples, and much more information, without loosing any of the info about the very first research. I am glad that it still provides the perspective of 'how it all started' which I find sadly missing in other books about doulas and the aspect of labor support. Well, and who better to write about it then the pioneering researchers themselves, who are also Founders of Doulas of North America (DONA), the largest doula organization.While the continuous emotional, physical and informational support of a doula just makes common sense, this books provides the data and the research results for those who need them to understand the value of a doula. I recommend this book all the time to those who wnat to understand the role of a doula better, and those who want to become a doula themselves.

Fabulous Resource for info on Doulas!

I'm not sure why some of the other reviewers were so negative about this book. It provides a great review of the research regarding doulas positive impact on labor and birth, addresses doulas and dads, and generally gives you an idea of what to expect from your doula. Definitely something to check out if you're interested in maintaining as natural of a childbirth as possible -- even if you know you'll be induced or have a cesarean birth!
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