Easy Labor: Every Woman's Guide to Choosing Less Pain and More Joy During Childbirth (Paperback)

Every Woman's Guide to Choosing Less Pain and More Joy During Childbirth

By William Camann, Kathryn Alexander

Ballantine Books, 9780345476630, 311pp.

Publication Date: January 31, 2006

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Description

THE FIRST COMPLETE, COMPREHENSIVE GUIDE TO PAIN RELIEF DURING LABOR AND DELIVERY
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


About the Author

William Camann, MD, the co-author of Easy Labor: Every Woman's Guide to Choosing Less Pain and More Joy During Childbirth, is the director of Obstetric Anesthesia at the Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, one of the most respected healthcare institutions in the world. Dr. Camann is also an associate professor of anesthesia at Harvard Medical School and president of the Society for Obstetric Anesthesia and Perinatology. Dr. Camann is an internationally recognized authority on obstetric anesthesia and pain control during childbirth and has appeared on various local and national news programs including Today, ABC World News Tonight, and Good Morning America. He lives in Boston, Massachusetts. Kathryn Alexander, MA, the co-author of Easy Labor: Every Woman's Guide to Choosing Less Pain and More Joy During Childbirth, is a former child and family therapist who has worked in the healthcare field for more than 15 years. As a freelance writer, she has been published in many national parenting publications and on women's health websites. She lives in Charlotte, North Carolina.


Praise For Easy Labor: Every Woman's Guide to Choosing Less Pain and More Joy During Childbirth

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.
~ Newsweek

"Down-to-earth prose provides compelling descriptions of labor from moms, doctors, and midwives. A “Great Read”."
–FitPregnancy Magazine

"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!"
–Pregnancy Magazine

"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

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