Published: September 2017
Doulas empower new parents to have safe, rewarding, and meaningful childbirths that meet each family's unique needs-physical, emotional, and spiritual. Prominent doula Lindsey Bliss understands that a new mom is a whole person, and that giving birth is about much more than just biology. In this book she reveals the secrets to a truly empowered childbirth: Taking optimal care of yourself during pregnancy, Choosing childbirth educators, care providers, and a family-and-friends support team, Determining your birth preferences and turning them into a birthing plan to share with care providers, Labor, including tips for pain relief and advice on birthing positions, Healing your body and soul during the "fourth trimester", Newborn feeding and care, Just as a good doula would, this book will be your steady and wise companion-always attuned to your unique individual needs-for pregnancy, labor, birth, and the postpartum period. Book jacket.