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 babyWays to help a woman through each stage of labor and birthPain-relief measures, including epidurals and medications as well as natural techniquesWays to induce or speed up laborCesarean birth and complications that may require itBreastfeeding and newborn careand much moreFor the partner who wishes to be truly helpful in the birthing room, this is the essential book to have on hand.