Tuesday, July 7, 2009

New Birth Book: "The Doula Guide to Birth"

A local doula and member of the Arizona Birth Network has recently published a great-looking birth book titled, "The Doula Guide to Birth." Check it out and think about picking up a copy - it looks terrific!

Here are some topics covered in the book:
  • Doulas as a form of pain relief
  • Doulas and the prevention of prematurity
  • Information for mothers and their loved ones in all family structures (married, single, partnered, heterosexual, lesbian, and mothers whose baby will be adopted by another family)
  • Labor, the hardest work you'll ever love
  • New ways to push out a baby
  • Can doulas prevent all interventions?
  • Back labor: the good news
  • Using belly dance for birth
  • How to use a "walking" epidural
  • Supporting teens: a talk with Jane Fonda
  • Doulas as leaders in health care reform
  • A list of doula groups around the world
  • When should you really go to the hospital in labor?
  • Labor is not about dilation
  • 12 alternatives to a vaginal exam
  • Are vaginal exams in labor medically necessary?
  • What is fetal distress? A guide to the baby's heart rate
  • Labor techniques anyone can use
  • Laboring with disabilities or chronic illness
  • How to use sexuality in labor
  • Eating normally in labor
  • How to sleep in labor
  • How to have a better Pitocin experience
  • How to "prepare" for unplanned epidurals and cesareans
  • When healing from unplanned interventions is needed
  • Birth plans and birth essays
  • How to have an empowering birth of twins
  • Paying for your doula using a baby gift registry
  • How to ask your heath insurance to pay for your doula
  • Celebrities who've used doulas
  • Get ready now: what really happens postpartum
  • Self-evaluation survey about your birth
Looks like a keeper! :)

The book can also be ordered here, and you can follow the authoress, Ananda Lowe, on Twitter by using the username "DoulaGuide."

1 comment:

  1. I actually just bought this. It's really great!!


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