Since the original publication of The Birth Partner, new mothers partners, friends, relatives, and doulas have relied on Penny Simkin's guidance in caring for the new mother from their last trimester through the early postpartum period. Now fully revised in its fifth edition, The Birth Partner remains the definitive guide to helping a woman through labour and birth, and the essential manual to have at hand during the event. The Birth Partner includes thorough information on: Preparing for labour and knowing when it has begun -Normal labour and how to help the woman every step of the way - Epidurals and other medications for labour -Pitocin and other means, including natural ones, to induce or speed up labour - Non-drug techniques for easing labour pain - Cesarean birth and complications that may require it - Breastfeeding and newborn care - and much more. For the partner who wishes to be truly helpful in the birthing room, this book is indispensable.
Penny Simkin, P.T., is a physical therapist, childbirth educator, doula, and birth counsellor. She is nationally recognised as a premier authority on childbirth, having helped 9,000 expecting women and birth partners in childbirth and attended hundreds of couples though the birth process. Simkin is a prolific author and serves on more than ten different consultant and editorial boards. She has written myriad books, journal and magazine articles. In addition to providing childbirth education, birth counselling, and labour support, Simkin travels extensively throughout the country, lecturing and presenting at conferences and workshops.