Every Woman's Guide to Choosing Less Pain and More Joy During Childbirth
Ballantine Books, Paperback, 9780345476630, 311pp.
Publication Date: January 31, 2006
Far too many expectant mothers find themselves unprepared when labor begins and natural techniques don t effectively manage the pain. This indispensable guide provides reassuring, proven approaches to combining medical and natural techniques to ensure the most comfortable pain-free labor possible. In Easy Labor, you ll discover
what to expect during labor, and key factors that affect your comfort
the facts on epidurals, safety concerns, and how effectively they reduce pain
the pros and cons of pain-relief medications
complementary and alternative methods, including water immersion, acupuncture, hypnosis, massage, and birth balls
how your choice of hospital or birth center affects your pain-management options
techniques to calm and eliminate the specific fears and stresses associated with childbirth
So relax and enjoy your pregnancy, with this important book by your side
A superb book that gives anyone who is pregnant a great understanding of the choices and rationale for those options that make birth easier.
~Dr Michael Roizen, MD, co-author of New York Times #1 bestseller, YOU: The Owner’s Manual
Gives pregnant women a comprehensive overview of all their options for making labor more comfortable.
"Down-to-earth prose provides compelling descriptions of labor from moms, doctors, and midwives. A “Great Read”."
"Provides a road map through the thorny thicket of labor — no matter what path you choose."
–ePregnancy Magazine editor’s book pick
“Best Bet” for labor literature!"
"A thoughtful and thorough look at epidurals, narcotics, hypnosis, acupuncture, and other traditional and nontraditional methods of pain relief, so your choices can be well informed. The authors believe that knowledge is power — in this case, the power to choose pain-relief methods that reflect one’s own values, priorities, and preferences. They deliver the facts and options in a meaningful and easy-to-understand way, while acknowledging feelings and providing reassurance."
–National Parenting Publications Gold Medal Award
“A common sense, down-to-earth approach to discussing pain-relief options during childbirth . . . a must for women wanting the straight scoop on what to expect during delivery!”
–Joy Hawkins, M.D., director of Obstetric Anesthesia and professor of anesthesiology, at the University of Colorado
“Reassuring and informative . . . a detailed and readable presentation of maternal stress, fear, and pain during childbirth.”
–Penny Simkin, co-founder of Doulas of North America International, and author of The Birth Partner