Birth Plans For Dummies

Birth Plans For Dummies

By: Sharon Perkins (author), Rachel Gurevich (author)Paperback

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The easy, trusted way to develop a birth plan As an expectant mother and parent, navigating all of the information and options for labor and delivery can be cumbersome and confusing. Birth Plans For Dummies, is the ultimate resource guide to help you understand, develop, and implement a plan for the birth of your baby. A birth plan is a communication tool for expectant mothers and those involved in the delivery of a child. The plan explains the mother's preferences for labor and delivery and eliminates any confusion. There are a wide variety of methods, strategies, and techniques available to pregnant women preparing for delivery and this hands-on, friendly guide covers them all. * Covers choosing the setting and method that best fits the mothers needs and wishes * Informs expectant parents about the numerous pain management and labor intervention options * Provides instruction on developing and writing a birth plan and putting it into action If you are an expectant mother or parent looking for a guide to help develop a plan for the birth of your child, then Birth Plans For Dummies is the perfect book for you.

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About Author

Rachel Gurevich is the author of The Doula Advantage and The FabJob Guide to Become a Doula, both considered required reading for doula training programs around the world. Sharon Perkins, RN, coauthor of Infertility For Dummies, has more than two decades of experience in maternal/child health.


Introduction 1 Part I: Labor and Birth-Plan Basics 5 Chapter 1: Creating a Birth Plan: What It s All About 7 Chapter 2: The Ins and Outs of Labor and Delivery 17 Part II: Choosing Your Birth Team, Birth Place, and Guests 39 Chapter 3: OB-GYN, Family Practitioners, Midwives, Oh My! 41 Chapter 4: Leaving Home for a Hospital or Birth Center 53 Chapter 5: Home Sweet Home Birth 65 Chapter 6: Including Family and Friends in Your Birth Plan 79 Part III: Planning Childbirth Options for a Normal Birth 89 Chapter 7: Getting an Education 91 Chapter 8: Natural Methods for Soothing Your Mind and Body 103 Chapter 9: Movement and Positions for Labor and Birth 127 Chapter 10: Nourishing Your Laboring Body 151 Part IV: Knowing Your Options for Interventions and Medications 161 Chapter 11: Ouch! It Hurts! Medications for Pain 163 Chapter 12: Tuning In: Monitoring Labor and the Baby 177 Chapter 13: Helping the Baby Out: Interventions for Vaginal Birth 189 Chapter 14: Cesarean Section: Yes, You Have Options 205 Part V: It s All About the Baby 225 Chapter 15: Welcoming Your Baby to the World 227 Chapter 16: Making Decisions about Shots, Drops, Snips, and Newborn Tests 239 Chapter 17: Nourishing Your Baby 247 Part VI: Putting Your Plan in Writing and into Action 265 Chapter 18: Writing Your Birth Plan 267 Chapter 19: Advocating for Your Plan and Working with Your Team 287 Chapter 20: Allowing for Flexibility in Your Birth Plan and Recovery 299 Part VII: The Part of Tens 313 Chapter 21: Ten Tips for Creating a Workable Birth Plan 315 Chapter 22: Ten Ways to Preserve Birth Memories 319 Index 323

Product Details

  • publication date: 30/10/2012
  • ISBN13: 9781118317372
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 360
  • ID: 9781118317372
  • weight: 620
  • ISBN10: 1118317378

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