The Complete Book of Pregnancy and Childbirth

This is the most complete and up-to-date resource for preparing physically and emotionally to give birth, fully revised and expanded to meet the needs of today's parents-to be.

The Complete Book of Pregnancy and Childbirth, is dedicated to women (and their partners) who wish to play an active role in giving birth rather than submit passively to obstetrical business as usual, and who wish to supplant fear and confusion with understanding.  It takes into account the changing nature of women's lives: juggling pregnancy and the workplace, having babies later in life, embarking on single parenthood.  It incorporates the very latest scientific research into pain relief; into the advantages and disadvantages of screening in pregnancy, induction of labor, episiotomy, cesarean, and electronic fetal monitoring; and into bonding, breastfeeding, and the abilities of the newborn.  It provides a complete, illustrated account of the baby's development inside the uterus.  It offers guidance on prenatal care, keeping fit, choosing among the different locations and methods of delivery, and making the emotional transition to parenthood.

Inside you will find answers to virtually every question a woman or man could ask about:

  • Conception
  • How the baby's sex is determined
  • First signs of pregnancy
  • Fetal development
  • Expecting twins
  • Diet and weight gain
  • Exercise and rest
  • Physical discomforts
  • Fears and anxieties
  • Making a birth plan
  • The partner's role
  • Sex during pregnancy
  • Preparing siblings for the birth
  • Learning to relax and breathe
  • Active birthgiving
  • Screening and interventions
  • The three stages of labor
  • Pain relief
  • Methods of delivery
  • Discovering your newborn
  • The first days of life