Gina's Reviews > The Birth Partner: A Complete Guide to Childbirth for Dads, Doulas, and Other Labor Companions

The Birth Partner by Penny Simkin
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Jan 17, 09

bookshelves: birth-breastfeeding
Read in December, 2008

I really enjoyed this book from the perspective of a birth attendant, but think it would be useful for the mother. Expectant women often have a hard time getting their partners to read "their" books, and I like the fact that this is directed toward the partners and support people. It is equally useful for Dad, Grandma, Doula, Partner, or Friend. The book is really an overview of birth as much as it is a book about supporting the laboring woman, so that helps educate those reluctant birth-book readers, in addition to specifically offering comfort measure techniques. I would recommend this for anyone who is planning on attending a woman during birth, and would give it a higher recommendation than the Doula Book for someone who is less familiar with the normal process of birth, since it goes into more detail regarding those topics.
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