The Official Lamaze Guide; Giving Birth with Confidence, 2nd Edition

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  • Edition: Revised
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2010-10-12
  • Publisher: Meadowbrook Pr
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Lamazeís vision for the future is that formal childbirth education, in person and online, should start early in pregnancy. In the second edition of The Official Lamaze Guide, the authors share Lamazeís belief that preparing for birth and becoming a mother takes all of pregnancy, not just six weeks of formal classes at the end of the third trimester.

This new edition has been updated to reflect the latest evidence-based research on pregnancy and childbirth. Since the first edition, childbirth in the U.S. has gotten riskier. The cesarean rate has continued to rise; now almost one third of women in the U.S. have a cesarean. Thereís been a shocking rise in the maternal mortality rate. More babies are admitted to NICUs, and thereís been an alarming increase in incidences of postpartum depression and post traumatic stress disorder related to childbirth. Lamaze believes that all women have the right and the responsibility to get complete and accurate information about pregnancy and birth, and to choose whatís best for them and their babies based on that information.

The second edition of The Official Lamaze Guide will showcase the six Lamaze Healthy Birth Practices, which are supported by research studies that examine the benefits and risks of maternity care practices.

1. Let labor begin on its own.

2. Walk, move around, and change positions throughout labor.

3. Bring a loved one, friend, or doula for continuous support

4. Avoid interventions that arenít medically necessary.

5. Avoid giving birth on your back and follow your bodyís urges to push.

6. Keep mother and baby togetheróitís best for mother, baby, and breastfeeding.

The mission of Lamaze International is to promote, support and protect natural, safe, and healthy birth through education and advocacy through the dedicated efforts of professional childbirth educators, providers, and parents.

Author Biography

Judith Lothian is a nurse and childbirth educator with over 30 years of experience. She is an associate professor at Seton Hall University College of Nursing and is chair of the Lamaze International Certification Council. Charlotte DeVries is a journalist, past president of Lamaze International's board of directors, and a current board advisor.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. ix
Having a Safe, Healthy Birthp. 1
The History of Birth: Back to the Futurep. 9
You're Pregnant!p. 35
Choosing a Caregiver and Birth Sitep. 47
Moving through Pregnancyp. 71
Preparing for Labor and Birthp. 95
The Simple Story of Birthp. 105
Keeping Your Birth Safe and Healthyp. 111
Finding Comfort in Laborp. 131
Birth Plans and Baby Plansp. 143
Getting the Safe, Healthy Birth You Want: Communication, Negotiation, and Decision-makingp. 169
Greeting Your Newbornp. 181
Early Parentingp. 209
Afterwordp. 231
Safe, Healthy Birth: What Every Pregnant Woman Needs to Knowp. 235
The Mother-Friendly Childbirth Initiativep. 249
The Rights of Childbearing Womenp. 259
Lamaze International Position Papersp. 263
The Birth Doula's Contribution to Modern Maternity Carep. 279
Notesp. 287
Recommended Resourcesp. 295
Indexp. 297
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