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Since the original publication of The Birth Partner, partners, friends, relatives, and doulas have relied on Penny Simkin's guidance in caring for the new mother, from her last trimester through the early postpartum period.
Now fully revised in its fifth edition, The Birth Partner remains the definitive guide to helping a woman through labor and birth, and the essential manual to have at hand during the event. The Birth Partner includes thorough information on:
Preparing for labor and knowing when it has begunNormal labor and how to help the woman every step of the wayEpidurals and other medications for laborPitocin and other means, including natural ones, to induce or speed up laborNon-drug techniques for easing labor painCesarean birth and complications that may require itBreastfeeding and newborn careand much more
For the partner who wishes to be truly helpful in the birthing room, this book is indispensable.