“One of the best books I have ever seen on childbirth…masterful.”
—Dr. Marsden Wagner, M.D.,M.S., Former Director of Women’s and Children’s Health for WHO (World Health Organization)
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“Childbearing is a vitally important part of the life cycle. Women and families need to prepare for childbearing in the best way possible. This book is an excellent way to prepare as it is scientifically accurate, clearly written and covers all the areas and issues in childbearing. Too many books for pregnant women urge the woman to trust their doctor but this book gets it right by consistently urging the woman to trust her own body and her own wisdom. And this book emphasizes the joy of childbearing and how the pregnant woman and her family can get what is best for them at the time of the birth of their child.” –Forword by Dr. Marsden Wagner, M.D., M.S., Former Director of Women’s and Children’s Health, World Health Organization
“What if there was, in just one place, everything you wish your clients already knew? This treasury of priceless resources has been a labor of love not only for birthing families, but for my fellow birth professionals. Imagine traveling on a more advanced level of progression with your birthing families, towards truly lovely experiences.
Wise Childbearing is jam-packed with compelling studies. Choices, their risks and benefits, are laid out in black and white. The pages are artistically and beautifully designed. They are filled with photographs of actual families at their own births.
When I begin working with childbearing families almost two decades ago, this is the book I wished for. Yet, I couldn’t have imagined what a treasure it would become, and what a gift I would be able to offer to you.”
“Wise Childbearing is a comprehensive birth manual that is empowering and respectful to the reader. Wise Childbearing also refers the reader to evidenced-based information and notes the rights and responsibilities of parents to educate themselves in order to make truly informed conscientious decisions during the childbearing year.” —Paulina (Polly) Perez, RN, BSN, FACCE, LCCE, CD Author of Special Women, The Nurturing Touch at Birth, and Doula Programs
“Extremely valuable for birth professionals to have at your fingertips, this reference will assist you in helping your birthing families to prepare for an enlightened and wonderful birth experience.”
· Well-researched and very pleasantly organized, an excellent reference for parents and those who serve them, this book was created to be used as a comprehensive educational manual for childbirth classes.
· For professionals, you know how much there is for parents to know and understand. A trusted resource for professionals to be able to offer to their clients Wise Childbearing, What You’ll Want to Know as You Make Your Birth Choices helps make your classes a delight!
· For doulas, when clients come informed, are not appointments so much more effective and exciting? Here it is—all in one place. Now, they can easily examine and make the choices that are right for them!
With so many wise and fabulous choices available today,
why settle for a cookie-cutter, conveyor-belt birth?
Our book Wise Childbearing, What You’ll Want to Know as You Make Your Birth Choices provides the chance for soon-to-be parents to step back and really look at their options, the pros and cons of each. Compiled into a simple, concise, easy-to-read format.
Would you like to have a resource that offers short explanations of exactly what your childbirth choices are? If you don’t know what your choices are, after all, you really don’t any. Would it be helpful to have in front of you a list of the benefits and the risks of each of those options?
Foreword by Dr. Marsden Wagner
1. Welcome to the World of the Association for Wise Childbearing!
2. Association for Wise Childbearing, Our Philosophies
3. Women Were Made to Give Birth! Birth Is a Natural Process Yes, But Can My Body Give Birth? Babies Were Made to Be Born! Facing Our Fears
4. Our Evolving Birth Culture Discarded Childbirth Customs Responsive Revisions Childbirth Practices throughout History
5. Where Do I Want to Give Birth? The Hospital At Home The Birthing Center
6. Birth Wishes Why Make Birth Wishes? Getting the Kind of Birth You Want Making Educated Choices Personal Notes Worksheet for Preparing Your Birth Wish List Tips for Creating Your Birth Wish List
7. Birthing Your Baby in Your Own Way Your Own Timing vs. The Friedman Curve Encouraging a Slowed Labor to Progress To Have or Not to Have Pain Medication Pain Medication Preference Scale Intravenous Drip Nutritional Needs during Labor Electronic Fetal Heart Monitor Ultrasound Episiotomies Birthing Your Baby Birthing the Placenta and Clamping the Cord Breech Birth and Exercises to Help Your Baby Turn Group-B Strep Cesarean Birth and Vaginal Birth after Cesarean
8. To Be or Not to Be Induced Labeling Babies “Overdue” Inducing Labor with Drugs Stripping the Membranes Rupturing the Bag of Waters Artificially Inducing Labor Naturally Keeping Track of Your Baby’s Activity
9. Procedures and Tests Questions to Ask “High Risk”
10. Being a Partner in Your Care Understanding Your Rights and Responsibilities Finding the Power Within Becoming More Powerful Being Informed Questions to Ask
11. Choosing a Caregiver Types of Caregivers Importance of a Good Match
12. Taking Care of Yourself and Your Baby Diet and Exercise Danger Signs to Watch For Preeclampsia Craniosacral Therapy Celebrations for Entering Parenthood
13. Comfort Measures for Labor Personalized Comfort Techniques Slow, Deep, Abdominal Breathing Hypnobirthing Positions for Labor and Birth Using Water for Labor and Birth Back Labor Belly Dancing, Birth Balls, and Rebozos
14. Your Support Team Dad’s Role Doula’s Role If Mom Loses Her Confidence Siblings at the Birth
15. Psychological Aspects of Labor and Birth The Body/Mind Connection The Impact of Past Sexual Abuse
16. Roadblocks to a Better Birth A False Sense of Security Fears Low Self-Concept Lack of Information Hesitancy about New Information Relationship Issues Lack of Effort Choices Seem Impossible Obtaining Your Ideal Birth
17. Ready? Set? Before Birth Checklist Signs Labor May Begin Soon Ways Dads or Birth Partners May Be Supportive What to Do for a Surprise Birth
18. More Choices at Birth and Beyond Exploring Our Culture’s “Welcoming” Rituals Nursery Procedures Hepatitis B Vaccine and Other Immunizations Breastfeeding
19. Postpartum Care Recovery Postpartum Mood Disorders Nurturing Your Marriage Relationship Reaching Out
20. Everyday Care of Your New Little One Caring for Your Baby Nighttime Care Attachment Parenting Raising Your Children Yourself Cloth vs. Disposable Diapers Anti-Frustration Tips Infant Massage Signing with Your Baby Car Seats
Appendix A: " The What If?" Game: Test Your Birth Savvy
Appendix B: What Should Quality Childbirth Classes Offer?
Appendix C: Birth Wish Lists
Appendix D: Questionnaires
Questions for Your Homebirth Midwife Questions for Your Hospital Midwife/Doctor
Appendix E: Resources Books Media Internet
FIND THE ANSWERS TO THESE QUESTIONS AND MANY MORE:
• Is it possible to have a comfortable, even ecstatic birth experience?
• What are the critical questions I need to ask when selecting a midwife or doctor?
• Once a cesarean, always a cesarean? Can cesarean surgery be avoided?
• Which comfort techniques are the most helpful?
• How can I get rid of these nagging fears before they ruin my experience and cause me to make fear-based choices?
• What are the benefits of waterbirth for me and my baby?
• What can I do to give my baby a more compassionate experience?
• What are my options and choices anyway? Are they based on real evidence?
• How do I evaluate my birthplace, whether hospital, birthing center, or home?
• How do we nurture our marriage relationship as we experience all of these life-changes?
• What tips will help us to have a positive first year with our new baby?
Women are designed to give birth! Babies are made to be born!
Women do not need anyone to “deliver” them!
There are many wonderful, sane, safe, and satisfying options!
Childbirth doesn’t have to be only one way, quick and hurried. This birthing of your child into the world may just be one of the most powerful and defining moments of your life; a beautiful, even spiritual memory.
Would you like to be one of those women who have beautiful, ecstatic childbirth experiences? Is it possible to achieve a gentle and joyful birth for your baby and yourself?
Receiving a truly excellent childbirth education, and making the best choices for you, are the most valuable actions that women/couples can take to accomplish a truly wonderful welcome for your child.
· Wise Childbearing is the most all-inclusive, yet easy-to-read childbirth book you could possibly use as you prepare.
· A treasury of insight and wisdom, Wise Childbearing is interesting and enjoyable to read.
· While full of facts and data, the writing is easy to understand. And what a wealth of information it holds!
What an important gift
to give yourself and your baby–
the gift of informed parents.
At Association of Wise Childbearing, we rejoice in and revere pregnancy, birth, and parenthood. We recognize these seasons as three of the greatest bearers of joy for women, families, and the whole world. It is up to you what you make of them.
Freedom is making choices that are right for you. To the joy of what life can be!
From expectant parents about the first copy, originally only available by loan:
From a mother: “I enjoyed the manual so much. I had to take a lot of notes before giving it back.”
From a father: “Enjoyed it a lot.”
From a father: “Lots of great info. Entries were brief enough to keep it interesting. . . . The info given by the instructor and the manual about how natural the whole process is [was one of the most helpful things I learned in class to help prepare me for our birth].”
From a mother: “Lots of helpful info . . . [I feel] . . . informed, empowered to make my own decisions.”
From a mother: “I enjoyed doing the reading every week.”
From a father: “Would like to be able to keep [the book for my own].”
From a father: “Nice work!”
From a mother: “I would have liked to have [been able to keep the book. . . . The class] made me feel more in control of my birth.”
From a mother: “Well thought out and researched out.”
From a mother: “[My favorite thing about the class was that there was] lots of good information on both sides of everything.”
From a father: “[This class was] very informative.”
From a father: “Knowing that there is a lot more I can do during birth than I thought before [has prepared me the most for our birth] . . . The class was very good.”
From a father: “Good book, teach you what you need to know. . . . Thank you. It be very helpful class.”
From a student doula: “Reading [the] manual on stages of labor, birth options, positions to give birth [are some of the things that have prepared me the most].”
*You are welcome to contact us to purchase larger orders at wholesale prices for your own clients and childbirth classes. You do not need to be a certified instructor with the Association for Wise Childbearing to utilize this book for the families you serve. If you are interested in certification: (AWC Certification)