The Complete Illustrated Birthing Companion: A Step-by-step Guide To Creating The Best Birthing Plan For A Safe, Less Painful, And Successful De by Amanda FrenchThe Complete Illustrated Birthing Companion: A Step-by-step Guide To Creating The Best Birthing Plan For A Safe, Less Painful, And Successful De by Amanda French

The Complete Illustrated Birthing Companion: A Step-by-step Guide To Creating The Best Birthing…

byAmanda French, Susan Thomforde, Jeanne Faulkner

Paperback | January 1, 2013

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How to give birth is the most important decision of a woman’s pregnancy, but navigating the maze of options is overwhelming. The Complete Illustrated Birthing Companion clearly lays out the process for eight successful birthing plans from home births and hospital births to a natural unmedicated delivery and C-sections. Each path outlines the latest research on every technique and procedure from water birthing to medications and includes “Real Deal” and “Inside Information” sections that detail the huge variations parents-to-be sometimes encounter. Written by an OB/GYN, nurse/midwife, and neonatal nurse, this photo-filled essential guide presents the most balanced and comprehensive perspective on all aspects of delivery today including red flags that indicate when another birthing plan may be more appropriate as well as helpful strategies and trimester-by-trimester schedules for the smoothest birth experience possible.

“Every expecting mom is hungry for information and guidance. The Complete Illustrated Birthing Companion is that and so much more! In order to attain our personal best throughout pregnancy, as well as during and after childbirth, access to information and services are key. Women need to feel prepared and supported going into motherhood.”
—Christy Turlington Burns, Author, Living Yoga: Creating a Life Practice, and Founder, Every Mother Counts
“The authors have taken a comprehensive, straightforward, and truly unbiased look at the many childbirth options available to women today. This is an indispensable guide for expectant mothers everywhere.”
—Alexa Joy Sherman, deputy editor, Natural Health magazine
“From the best experts in the field of childbirth, The Complete Illustrated Birthing Companion is a real-life guide to the entire process of having a baby. Most importantly, it explains the spectrum of choices, from drug-free home birth to what to expect during a C-section, and everything in between. Don't go into labor without it!”
—Peg Moline, editor-in-chief, Fit Pregnancy magazine

Amanda French, M.D., completed her residency training in obstetrics and gynecology at Boston Medical Center in Boston, Massachusetts. She is board certified by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology and is a Fellow of the American Congress of Obstetrics and Gynecology. She has been employed in private practice with teaching re...
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Title:The Complete Illustrated Birthing Companion: A Step-by-step Guide To Creating The Best Birthing…Format:PaperbackProduct dimensions:224 pages, 10 × 8 × 0.62 inShipping dimensions:10 × 8 × 0.62 inPublished:January 1, 2013Publisher:Fair Winds PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1592335330

ISBN - 13:9781592335336

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TIP: How to Make a Rice SockWhile you can buy a nice rice sock commercially, it’s just as easy to make your own. Simply find a clean tube sock and fill it with uncooked rice. Tie off the end, and put it in the microwave for 2 to 3 minutes. It’ll hold the heat—and relax your muscles—for up to a half an hour. Press it against your lower back, or wear it around your neck like a scarf to ease neck and shoulder pain. Alternatively, you can use the rice sock as a cold pack by putting it in the freezer for a few hours.

Table of Contents

Introduction

Congratulations—you’re pregnant! Now what?

Chapter 1 What’s Your Birthing Style?
From home birth to high-tech hospital birth

Chapter 2 Unmedicated, Vaginal Birth at Home
What it is, why it may or may not be right for you, pros and cons, and how to prepare for this labor path

Chapter 3 Unmedicated, Vaginal Birth in a Birth Center
What it is, why it may or may not be right for you, pros and cons, and how to prepare for this labor path

Chapter 4 Unmedicated, Vaginal Birth in a Hospital
What it is, why it may or may not be right for you, pros and cons, and how to prepare for this labor path

Chapter 5 Epidural, Vaginal Birth in a Hospital
What it is, why it may or may not be right for you, pros and cons, and how to prepare for this labor path

Chapter 6 Induction of Labor in a Hospital
What it is, why it may or may not be right for you, pros and cons, and how to prepare for this labor path

Chapter 7 Vaginal Birth after Cesarean (VBAC )
What it is, why it may or may not be right for you, pros and cons, and how to prepare for this labor path

Chapter 8 Planned Cesarean Birth in a Hospital
What it is, why it may or may not be right for you, pros and cons, and how to prepare for this labor path

Chapter 9 Unplanned Cesarean Birth in a Hospital
What it is, why it may or may not be right for you, pros and cons, and how to prepare for this labor path

Chapter 10 Managing the Pain of Labor
Your labor toolkit, from rice socks to spinal blocks

Chapter 11 A Tri-By-Tri Guide
A week-by-week checklist for each trimester and a timeline to prepare for your birth experience

Chapter 12 Create Your Birth Plan
Nail down your “wish list,” and what to do when things don’t go accordingly to plan

Acknowledgments

About the Authors