How to give birth is the most important decision of a womans pregnancy, but navigating the maze of options is overwhelming. The Complete Illustrated Birthing Companion clearly lays out the process for eight successful birthing plans f......more
How to give birth is the most important decision of a womans pregnancy, but navigating the maze of options is overwhelming. The Complete Illustrated Birthing Companion clearly lays out the process for eight successful birthing plans from home births and hospital births to a natural unmedicated delivery and C-sections. Each path outlines the latest research on every technique and procedure from water birthing to medications and includes Real Deal and Inside Information sections that detail the huge variations parents-to-be sometimes encounter. Written by an OB/GYN, nurse/midwife, and neonatal nurse, this photo-filled essential guide presents the most balanced and comprehensive perspective on all aspects of delivery today including red flags that indicate when another birthing plan may be more appropriate as well as helpful strategies and trimester-by-trimester schedules for the smoothest birth experience possible.
Amanda French, M.D., completed her residency training in obstetrics and gynecology at Boston Medical Center in Boston, Massachusetts. She is board certified by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology and is a Fellow of the American Congress of Obstetrics and Gynecology. She has been employed in private practice with teaching responsibilities at the level of clinical instructor at Brigham and Womens Hospital in Boston. In addition, she has worked as an assistant professor in obstetrics and gynecology at Columbia University Medical Center in New York with the primary responsibility of teaching residents and medical students. Dr. French is now at Boston Childrens Hospital and is on the associate staff of Brigham and Womens Hospital in the department of pediatric and adolescent gynecology. Her current academic appointment is Clinical Instructor of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Biology at Harvard Medical School. Dr. French has delivered over a thousand babies over the course of her career. She considers herself lucky and blessed to have had two uncomplicated pregnancies and births, and is the proud mother of two sons.
Susan Thomforde, C.N.M., has been a practicing nurse midwife for more than 27 years. Shes been called a midwifes midwifethe highest compliment in midwifery. She was a member of the Tufts University faculty while working at St. Margarets Hospital and has been an adjunct faculty member for Yale University, Case Western Reserve University, and University of Pennsylvania midwifery students. For the past 17 years, shes been delivering babies at the North Shore Birth Center in Beverly, Massachusettsone of two free-standing birth centers in the state of Massachusetts. Susan was inspired to be a midwife by her aunt, who was one of the early nurse-midwives in the United States in the 1930s. She has delivered more than 1,000 babiesand three children of her ownwith her fellow midwives. When shes not working, Susan spends time knitting and working in her garden.
Jeanne Faulkner, R.N., has a 20-year history as a labor and delivery, postpartum, neonatal, and NICU nurse and a ten-year history as a health writer. She studied nursing at Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center School of Nursing and California State University, Los Angeles. Shes helped thousands of parents through every possible birthing scenario from the most natural to the most complicated. She shares her real world perspective and practical advice on the obstacles and opportunities parents face both inside and outside the hospital in her weekly column for Fit Pregnancy magazine online called Ask the Labor Nurse, and contributes regularly to Fit Pregnancy magazine, the Oregonian newspaper, The Huffington Post, QualityHealth.com, and MyRegence.com. Her work has appeared in Better Homes and Gardens, Real Simple, Shape, Northwest Healthy Living, and many other publications and websites. Jeannes kids range in age from middle-school to mid-20s, via four vaginal deliveries, three epidurals, and one out-of-hospital, natural birth in her midwifes office. Shes also an advocate, writer, speaker, and lobbyist for global womens and maternal health issues and has traveled with CARE (a global humanitarian organization) to work with mothers around the world.
Dana Rousmaniere is a writer, editor, and author who has written for print and online publications, including Good Housekeeping, Healthy Living, Living Fit, Womens Health, The Atlantic Monthly Online, Babble.com, CafeMom.com, and more. She was managing editor of Fit Pregnancy magazine online for many years
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