The Simple Guide to Having a Baby: What you need to know
by Janet Whalley, RN, BSN; Penny Simkin, PT; and
Ann Keppler, RN, MN
Let's say you're pregnant and don't want to read a long, complicated 500-page book to learn what to expect and how to get through pregnancy and childbirth. What do you do? The authors of the 500-page, million-copy seller Pregnancy, Childbirth, and the Newborn have written The Simple Guide to Having a Baby specifically for expectant mothers who want a shorter, simpler, more accessible guide to pregnancy and childbirth.
The Simple Guide to Having a Baby covers all the basics in simple, clear, understandable language and with plenty of illustrations, photos, and step-by-step instructions to make the subject of pregnancy and childbirth a lot more accessible to the average expectant mother. In particular, it includes:
- Easy-to-understand information about pregnancy, such as due dates; physical changes during the first three months; what to expect if you're having twins or triplets; what to do if you've been abused; what it's like to be a single mother; and what to expect if your baby will be adopted by another family.
- Simple information about health care, with easy-to-understand advice on how to choose a health care giver, how to choose where the baby will be born, possible health issues and when to call your doctor or midwife in case of problems.
- Simple guidelines for staying healthy during pregnancy, including what to eat and what not to eat; how to do easy exercises; ways to reduce stress; what you need to know about avoiding drugs, toxins, and other harmful substances; and what you can do to eliminate common pregnancy discomforts.
- Easy-to-understand information on how to prepare for birth, including what choices you have to make, how to plan for the birth, touring the hospital, and packing your bags.
- Simple, plain-language explanations of all the medical jargon that will be used during labor and birth, how to tell if you're in labor, different stages of the labor and birth, and how to cope with labor pain and challenging labors.
- Easy-to-understand information about what to do after the baby's born, including how it will change your life, caring for yourself and the baby, feeding the baby and keeping your baby healthy and safe.
If you're already familiar with pregnancy and the birth process, then you'll probably find this book boring or lacking. However, if you're just learning about the female body or know very little about pregnancy and childbirth, this is a great starter book for you.
About the authors: Janet Whalley is a registered nurse and former executive director of Childbirth Education Association of Seattle (now called Great Starts Birth & Family Education). Penny Simkin is a physical therapist, author of The Birth Partner, and a leading speaker at conferences of prenatal trainers. Ann Keppler is a registered nurse and a parent educator. All three women are coauthors of Pregnancy, Childbirth, and the Newborn.
• The Simple Guide to Having a Baby at Amazon.com
• The Simple Guide to Having a Baby at Amazon UK
• The Simple Guide to Having a Baby at Amazon Canada