The Birth Partner - Revised 4th Edition: A Complete Guide to Childbirth for Dads, Doulas, and All Other Labor Companions by Penny SimkinThe Birth Partner - Revised 4th Edition: A Complete Guide to Childbirth for Dads, Doulas, and All Other Labor Companions by Penny Simkin

The Birth Partner - Revised 4th Edition: A Complete Guide to Childbirth for Dads, Doulas, and All…

byPenny Simkin

Paperback | October 1, 2013

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Since the original publication of The Birth Partner, new mothers' mates, friends, and relatives and doulas (professional birth assistants) have relied on Penny Simkin's guidance in caring for the new mother from the last few weeks of pregnancy through the early postpartum period. Fully revised in its fourth edition, The Birth Partner remains the definitive guide for preparing to help a woman through childbirth and the essential manual to have at hand during the event. This completely updated edition includes thorough information on: Preparing for labor and knowing when it has begun; Normal labor and how to help the woman every step of the way; Epidurals and other medications for labor; Non-drug techniques for easing labor pain; Cesarean birth and complications that may require it; Breastfeeding and newborn care; And much more. For the partner who wishes to be truly helpful in the birthing room, this book is indispensable.
Penny Simkin, P.T., is a physical therapist, childbirth educator, doula, and birth counselor. She is nationally recognized as a premier authority on childbirth, having helped 9,000 expecting women and birth partners in childbirth and attended hundreds of couples though the birth process. Simkin is a prolific author and serves on more t...
Title:The Birth Partner - Revised 4th Edition: A Complete Guide to Childbirth for Dads, Doulas, and All…Format:PaperbackDimensions:416 pages, 9 × 6 × 1 inPublished:October 1, 2013Publisher:Harvard Common PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:155832819X

ISBN - 13:9781558328198


Rated 5 out of 5 by from Essential reading This book is comprehensive and invaluable. My spouse found it incredibly useful in preparing him for his important job, and I benefited a great deal from it.
Date published: 2018-03-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Resource This is a wonderful resource for expectant mothers, partners and birth support team. Very insightful and informative.
Date published: 2018-02-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Recommendation Great book! Highly recommend the book to anyone who is expecting, a labour partner, Doula and more! Very knowledgeable book that helps a mother understand what is actually happening to their bodies while not using "fluffy" words. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-03-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I recommend this book to EVERYONE I really do recommend this book to everyone. It has everything you or your partner may want to know about labor and delivery. Penny Simkin is an amazing woman and author. Don't waste your money on the "what to expect" line of books, instead buy this one.
Date published: 2017-03-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Intelligent book I'm an MD and bought this for my non-medical partner to read before accompanying my labour. Couldn't recommend highly enough. It is so hard to find intelligent and accurate books on pregnancy, labour and parenting, which really makes this book stand out from the pack. I really like that it really recognizes that not all labours and not all women are the same and prepares the birth partner for a range of scenarios and situations that they may face. I also appreciate that it uses accurate language, (e.g. the baby is in the uterus, not the belly) and is not written in fluffy, vague language that hides the realities of childbirth.
Date published: 2017-03-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good book Great book for pregnant people and their families, doulas, labour support companions, and even for a beginning midwifery student to get a good overview of the labour and birth process, and how to support your client through it!
Date published: 2016-11-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great read I think this book is slightly more helpful for someone at more of a professional level but is certainly still helpful for fathers or other partners just the same. Providing helpful information and ways to see what the mother is experiencing and how to help her. There are checklists and ways to remind the father/partner to look after himself as well. Very helpful for someone experiencing things from the other side.
Date published: 2016-11-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Must have manual! Amazing read for anyone becoming a birth doula or anyone assisting a woman during childbirth.
Date published: 2016-11-03

Editorial Reviews

PRAISE for THE BIRTH PARTNER “Penny Simkin shows how giving support in childbirth is not only a matter of helping a woman through labor and delivery—important though that is—but also of enabling her to cherish a meaningful memory of birth.” – Sheila Kitzinger, author of Rediscovering Birth and The Complete Book of Pregnancy and Childbirth “A clearly written book that describes what really happens in our maternity units. I recommend it highly for both parents and a supportive friend.” – Marshall Klaus, M.D., author of Bonding, Your Amazing Newborn and Mothering the Mother