One style of pregnancy books are guidebooks which cover a wide breadth of topics. They are designed to be “the one book you need,” and cover information from pregnancy through postpartum recovery. Of the guidebooks, Pregnancy, Childbirth, and the Newborn is, by far, the best. I highly recommend it. It is the closest thing to a comprehensive and effective childbirth class you will find between the covers of a book.
Pregnancy, Childbirth, and the Newborn does an exceptional job of presenting all options in their true light. It covers the benefits, challenges, and risks of choices. It also includes advice beyond the informational material that will help you make decisions, such as long term considerations, comparison charts, and reflection prompts. The section on labor pain and management options is particularly well done with detailed explanations that will give you a true sense of many ways to handle labor pain.
The scope Pregnancy, Childbirth, and the Newborn covers is also impressive. All major pregnancy, birth, and postpartum topics are included. Special situations and complications are covered thoroughly, while the book as a whole upholds the normalcy of pregnancy and birth and emphasizes women’s ability to birth. Kudos to these authors for putting together a practical and empowering book that meets the needs of today’s families!
Pregnancy, Childbirth, and the Newborn’s Authors, Penny Simkin, April Bolding, Ann Keppler, Janelle Durham & Janet Whalley
Penny Simpkin, PT, is a physical therapist who has specialized in childbirth education since 1968. She trains childbirth educators, doulas, and doula-trainers and frequently conducts workshops for doctors, nurses, and other medical professionals. She and her husband have four grown children.
April Bolding, PT, DPT, CD, CCE, is a physical therapist who specializes in Women’s Health and Maya Abdominal Therapy, and is a childbirth educator, birth doula, fitness instructor, presenter, and mother.
Ann Keppler, RN, MN, a registered nurse, parish nurse, and lactation specialist, has taught childbirth classes and new-parent classes since 1975.
Janelle Durham, MSW, ICCE, LCCE, is a childbirth educator and has worked as a labor doula, postpartum doula, lactation educator, and postpartum group facilitator. She has two daughters.
Janet Whalley, RN, IBCLC, has been a childbirth educator since 1975. She has three grown children.