Birth Plans For Dummies, 1st Edition

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  • ISBN-10: 1118432134
  • ISBN-13: 9781118432136
  • DDC: 618.2
  • Grade Level Range: 12th Grade +
  • 512 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2013 | Published/Released June 2014
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2013

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A birth plan is a communication tool for expectant mothers and those involved in the delivery of a child. The plan explains the mothers preferences for labor and delivery and eliminates any confusion. There are a wide variety of methods, strategies, and techniques available to pregnant women preparing for delivery. Birth Plans For Dummies covers methods such as Lamaze, hypnobirthing, the Bradley Method, home birth, water birth, and more.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Half Title Page.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
About the Authors.
Authors’ Acknowledgments.
Contents at a Glance.
Table of Contents.
1: Introduction.
2: Labor and Birth Plan Basics.
3: Creating a Birth Plan: What It's All About.
4: The Ins and Outs of Labor and Delivery.
5: Choosing Your Birth Team, Birth Place, and Guests.
6: OB-GYN, Family Practitioners, Midwives, Oh My!.
7: Leaving Home for a Hospital or Birth Center.
8: Home Sweet Home Birth.
9: Including Family and Friends in Your Birth Plan.
10: Planning Childbirth Options for a Normal Birth.
11: Getting an Education.
12: Natural Methods for Soothing Your Mind and Body.
13: Movement and Positions for Labor and Birth.
14: Nourishing Your Laboring Body.
15: Knowing Your Options for Interventions and Medications.
16: Ouch! It Hurts! Medications for Pain.
17: Tuning In: Monitoring Labor and the Baby.
18: Helping the Baby Out: Interventions for Vaginal Birth.
19: Cesarean Section: Yes, You Have Options.
20: It's All about the Baby.
21: Welcoming Your Baby to the World.
22: Making Decisions about Shots, Drops, Snips, and Newborn Tests.
23: Nourishing Your Baby.
24: Putting Your Plan in Writing and into Action.
25: Writing Your Birth Plan.
26: Advocating for Your Plan and Working with Your Team.
27: Allowing for Flexibility in Your Birth Plan and Recovery.
28: The Part of Tens.
29: Ten Tips for Creating a Workable Birth Plan.
30: Ten Ways to Preserve Birth Memories.