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Pregnancy, Childbirth, and the Newborn: The Complete Guide Paperback – Illustrated, Sept. 18 2018

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Penny Simkin, a physical therapist, has been a childbirth educator and doula since 1968. She trains childbirth educators, doulas, and doula trainers and frequently conducts workshops for doctors, nurses, and other medical professionals. pennysimkin.com.

Janet Whalley, a registered nurse and lactation consultant, has been a childbirth educator since 1975.

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April Bolding has a doctorate in physical therapy and is a childbirth educator, birth doula, water fitness instructor, and author. aprilbolding.com

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Da Capo Lifelong Books; 5th edition (Sept. 18 2018)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 512 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0738284971
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0738284972
  • Item weight ‏ : ‎ 985 g
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 18.8 x 3.18 x 23.24 cm
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Penny Simkin, PT, is a physical therapist who has specialized in childbirth education and labor support since 1968. She estimates she has prepared over 13,000 women, couples, and siblings for childbirth. She has assisted hundreds of women and couples through childbirth as a doula. She is author or co-author of books for both parents and professionals, including “The Labor Progress Handbook;” “Pregnancy, Childbirth, and the Newborn: The Complete Guide;” “When Survivors Give Birth: Understanding and Healing the Effects of Early Sexual Abuse on Childbearing Women;” “The Birth Partner: A Complete Guide to Childbirth for Dads, Doulas, and All Other Labor Companions,” She has developed teaching materials for birth classes and produced several videos for educators, doulas, and families , the latest of which is for siblings-to-be, “There’s a Baby.” She is co-founder of DONA International (formerly Doulas of North America) and PATTCh (Prevention and Treatment of Traumatic Childbirth). Currently, she serves on the editorial board of the journal, Birth: Issues in Perinatal Care, and serves on the senior faculty of the Simkin Center for Allied Birth Vocations at Bastyr University, which was named in her honor. Today, her practice consists of childbirth education, birth counseling, combined with a busy schedule of conferences and workshops. Find out more about Penny at her website: www.pennysimkin.com.

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This was the first book that I bought when I found out that I was expecting. After doing some research, I decided on this one over many others.

The book lives up to its reputation and is going to be well used in my house! I was worried that it would be too “text book-y” but it is written in clear and easy to understand language. It presents options for women in an objective way, without coming off as judgey. The pages are thin, but are coloured and well laid out.

I am still early in pregnancy, but I already feel very prepared in what to expect :)
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I’m from the U.K. and this book is mainly for US/ Canada but it’s informative overall. Definitely good for preparing for labor, the process of labor, having positive experience and memory of it, and then becoming a parent and looking after a newborn. Definitely good if you’re getting ready to plan for your birth plan and educate you on all the options and how to keep yourself mentally healthy. Some help in the late stages of pregnancy for when you struggle to sleep or have headaches etc. Not a week by week pregnancy book! It’s bigger focus is labor and after labor care for the baby!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book - truly a complete guide (well as complete as it can get)
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