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Paperback The Doula Guide to Birth: Secrets Every Pregnant Woman Should Know Book

ISBN: 0553385267

ISBN13: 9780553385267

The Doula Guide to Birth: Secrets Every Pregnant Woman Should Know

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Here is your guide to the fastest-growing trend in childbirth--a tradition as old as motherhood itself. Doulas, or professional labor assistants, have led thousands of expectant women through the birthing process in a way that's safe and meaningful, and that creates the birth and postbirth experience all mothers long for. What exactly do doulas do? How to find one that suits you. What are the "trade secrets" only doulas know but every woman should...

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TDGTB is the new standard

As a birth doula myself, I was so excited to read this book when I first heard about it coming out. Needless to say, I was not at all disappointed! This will be on the top of my recommendation list for clients and friends. As I read it I kept wanting to grab my highlighter for great new info I was learning or topics I wanted to explore further. One of my favorite components was the printable guides that are included in the book. This is definitely a must-read for all expectant parents and anyone in the birth world. Abbey Hall [...]

Excellent Birth Guide

A great book for pregnant women and doulas alike. Even thought I've attended nearly 400 births, I found some tips that were new to me and very useful :) Very thorough and well written. tracy hartley B*E*S*T Doula Service

Excellent source of information!

This book was EVERYTHING I wanted it to be, informative, well written, personal, easy to read and understand, and it cleared up alot of questions I had in my "trying to conceive and what comes after that?" brain. I actually spent alot of time going "Hmmmm" and "oh I didnt know that!" and "thank goodness!" I want to have a natural childbirth, hopefully in a birthing center, but I am not ruling out hiring a Doula and this guide is for really, every woman considering getting pregnant or pregnant already. It doesnt get muddled down in the details, which can be confusing to anyone who hasnt been in the situations. It has a ton of resources for you to follow up with. This is the kind of book you pass along to your daughter or daughter in law as the perfect gift.

practical and useful, appeals to a wide audience

I bought this book at 5 months pregnant with my first child. I wasn't planning to have a doula at my birth, but I really wanted a natural birth and wanted to get a take on what doula's provide and what advice I could glean from their approach. The book was one of the most informative books I've seen on what birth can be like both in and out of a hospital and the options available to women. What I loved was how, while it was definitely constantly selling the benefits of having a doula, this book gave plenty of useful advice for women not planning to use one. I personally can feel put-off by language that is too touchy-feely or focuses on things like goddess imagery of womanhood, but this book definitely did not seem to try to force one single view of birth or imagery around the experience. This is an extremely practical guide that balances affirming messages about the birth experience with summaries of the most recent research on how different techniques and procedures affect birth outcomes. It was eye-opening to see how little of the research on what gets the best birth outcomes ever gets incorporated into regular hospital procedures, and it was reassuring to get advice and tools on how to advocate for myself in any setting. The book's tone was never alarmist or judgmental and addresses itself to a wide audience. It is inclusive enough to offer support for women of diverse cultures, religions, viewpoints, and family situations. It addresses teens, LGBT families, single moms, mothers on both sides of surrogacy and adoption, women with past traumas and husbands and other partners, family members or support people. I found all of this book extremely helpful in my preparation for birth and really reassuring to read. I'll try to add to this review after I've given birth, but just in terms of reassurance and advice while still pregnant, the two books I'd rate as the most helpful to me are this and Ina May's Guide to Childbirth.

Excellent Guide

I am a doula and have enjoyed The Doula Guide to Birth immensely. It is one of the best on the market....full of insider's wisdom. Well done, Ananda Lowe.
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