Pregnancy, Childbirth, and the Newborn

Pregnancy, Childbirth, and the Newborn

Pregnancy, Childbirth, and the Newborn is an in-depth guidebook to all things related to birthing.  Since its first publication in 1979, it has sold more than one million copies and been the recipient of numerous literary awards.  Billed as "The single best book for understanding pregnancy and birth”, this book covers everything from complementary medicine such as acupuncture to newborn testing procedures.I am currently expecting my third child, and there are many details in this book I wish I had known with the first.  While you learn much of it through experience, it is nice to have a little hand-holding to walk you through some of the things you don’t even know you need to know.

There are so many variables with labor and delivery that it’s important to know as much as possible before you get to that point.  For instance, if your doctor asks you, will you give consent for an episiotomy?  It never occurred to me until I was in the delivery room.  Pregnancy, Childbirth, and the Newborn has a section to help you complete a birth plan, gives you pointers on choosing a doula, and walks you through the details of having a home birth.

Having experienced birth at home and at the hospital, I would give anything to have known all of my options before having my first baby so that I could make an informed decision that better fits our personal philosophies.

Almost any expecting mother, father or couple can find useful information in this book, and with 4.5 star ratings on Amazon, many people already have.