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 the book...a physiological, psychological and emotional guide

  Here is just a sample of some of the information contained in this book:

PART ONE: GETTING READY FOR THE BEST BIRTH
Getting Your Mind Ready: Emotional Milestones
On Becoming a Mother
Bonding With Your Unborn Baby
Values Clarification 
Getting The Birth You Want
What Baby Wants
 
Your Birth Plan
Professional Labor Support Assistant  
A Note To Fathers  
Siblings At Birth   
Maintaining Intimacy: Sex During The Third Trimester  
Getting Your Body Ready: Nutrition For The Third Trimester  
Baby's Brain Growth: The Protein Connection  
Exercise In The Third Trimester  
Third Trimester Home Exercise Program
 

PART TWO: A WORD ABOUT LABOR
Mechanisms of Labor
The ďFour PsĒ
The Powers (Contractions)
The Passage (The Maternal Pelvis)
The Passenger (Baby)
The Psyche: The Mind-Body Connection (Motherís Attitude about Her Ability to Give Birth)
The Oxytocin, Adrenalin, Endorphin Connection
Labor is a neurohormonal event: ENDORPHINS
Labor is a neurohormonal event: ADRENALIN
The Mind-Body Connection
Labor Is Good for Your Baby
Your Partnerís Role in Labor and Birth

And much, much more

PART THREE: SKILLS FOR LABOR AND BIRTH

 Easing Labor Pain Without Medication  
 
Breathing Technique For Labor...
Intoning 
 Relaxation Techniques For Labor  
 Positions And Movements For The First Stage Of Labor  
 Ritual Movements For Labor
 Massage Techniques For Labor  
 
Using Water For Labor  
 
Olfactory Perception During Labor And Birth (Aromatherapy)
 
 Using Music For Labor And Birth  
 Birthball  

PART FOUR: STAGES OF LABOR   

 First Stage Labor: Warm Up Signs Of Labor  
 First Stage Labor: Early Labor  
 Common Variations In Early Labor  
 First Stage Labor: Active Labor  
 Common Variations In Active Labor  
 First Stage Labor: Transition  
 Second Stage Labor: Birth 
 A Word About The Physiological Management Of Second Stage (Pss)
 The Motherís Practice Plan: Pushing Review  
 Third Stage Labor: Delivery Of The Placenta  
 Fourth Stage Labor: Bonding And Postpartum  
 Immediate Postpartum Exercises  
 Labor Partnerís Summery  
 Pack Your Bags For The Hospital  

PART FIVE: YOUR BABY AND BREASTFEEDING  
PART SIX: MEDICATIONS AND INTERVENTIONS  
PART SEVEN: CESAREAN BIRTH 
PART EIGHT: YOUR BIRTH PLAN  
PART NINE: CONCERNS OF THE THIRD TRIMESTER  

TESTS FOR FETAL WELL-BEING AND MATURITY  

BIBLIOGRAPHY
GLOSSARY OF TERMS

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