The Birth Partner's Quick Reference Guide and Planner: Essential Labor and Childbirth Information for Partners and Helpers

The Birth Partner's Quick Reference Guide and Planner: Essential Labor and Childbirth Information for Partners and Helpers

by Penny Simkin

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Overview

This is a shorter version of the classic bestseller The Birth Partner, ideal for time-pressed parents, partners, and birthing professionals. It is a convenient and easy-to-use book that provides facts on the fly during the ultra-busy period before, during, and after labor and birth. An added planner keeps your plans and to-dos in one place.

Generations of spouses and partners, as well as doulas, nurses, midwives, and other professionals, have relied on Penny Simkin's warm and wise guidance in caring for the new mother, from the last trimester through the early postpartum period. Her book The Birth Partner is the definitive guide to helping a woman through labor and birth, and The Birth Partner's Quick Reference Guide and Planner is a more-concise version of that book. For those who have the original book, it adds a planner component, for hospital or at-home birth plans and for other essential to-dos. It is full of reliable and up-to-date information on:
  • Preparing for labor and for the new baby
  • Ways to help a woman through each stage of labor and birth
  • Pain-relief measures, including epidurals and medications as well as natural techniques
  • Ways to induce or speed up labor
  • Cesarean birth and complications that may require it
  • Breastfeeding and newborn care
  • and much more
For the partner who wishes to be truly helpful in the birthing room, this is the essential book to have on hand.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781558329782
Publisher: Harvard Common Press, The
Publication date: 09/10/2019
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 144
File size: 5 MB

About the Author

Penny Simkin, PT, is a physical therapist, childbirth educator, doula, and birth counselor. She is nationally recognized as a premier authority on childbirth, having helped 9,000 expecting women and birth partners in childbirth and attended hundreds of couples though the birth process. Simkin is a prolific author and serves on more than 10 different consultant and editorial boards, including the journal Birth: Issues in Perinatal Care, The International Childbirth Education Association, and The Seattle Midwifery School, where she also provides training for doulas and lectures to students. She has written myriad books, journal, and magazine articles. Simkin is also co-founder of DONA International (formerly Doulas of North America) and The Pacific Association for Labor Support. In addition to providing childbirth education, birth counseling, and labor support, Simkin travels extensively throughout the country, lecturing and presenting at conferences and workshops. For more information, please visit Simkin’s website at pennysimkin.com.


Penny Simkin, PT, is a physical therapist, childbirth educator, doula, and birth counselor. She is nationally recognized as a premier authority on childbirth, having helped 9,000 expecting women and birth partners in childbirth and attended hundreds of couples though the birth process. Simkin is a prolific author and serves on more than 10 different consultant and editorial boards, including the journal Birth: Issues in Perinatal Care, The International Childbirth Education Association, and The Seattle Midwifery School, where she also provides training for doulas and lectures to students. She has written myriad books, journal, and magazine articles. Simkin is also co-founder of DONA International (formerly Doulas of North America) and The Pacific Association for Labor Support. In addition to providing childbirth education, birth counseling, and labor support, Simkin travels extensively throughout the country, lecturing and presenting at conferences and workshops. For more information, please visit Simkin's website at pennysimkin.com.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 The Last Weeks of Pregnancy 004

Chapter 2 Getting Into Labor 016

Chapter 3 Moving Through the Stages of Labor 028

Chapter 4 Comfort Measures for Labor 053

Chapter 5 Strategies for Challenging Variations in Normal Labor 086

Chapter 6 Tests, Technologies, Interventions, and Procedures 101

Chapter 7 Complications in Late Pregnancy, Labor, or Afterward 123

Chapter 8 Medications for Pain During Labor 138

Chapter 9 The First Days Postpartum 158

Labor and Birth Planners 180

Recommended Resources 190

Index 196

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