The Nurturing Touch at Birth: A Labor Support Handbook

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9780964115989: The Nurturing Touch at Birth: A Labor Support Handbook

NEW Second Edition! Revised and Updated! Seize the opportunity to use the information in this book to educate yourself about new ways to care for laboring women. This book is for anyone who needs to help a laboring woman (dad, friends, nurses, midwives, doulas, and montrices). This valuable book covers the unique art form of emotionally and physically assisting the laboring mother. The heart of this book centers around the supportive care given to the laboring mother and details the labor support techniques useful when caring for the laboring woman. The topics include let's talk about pain, trusting relationships, the value of education, communications skills and tools, relaxation, affirmation, visualization, touch and massage, aromatherapy, music therapy, visualization,breathing techniques, focusing, rituals, therapeutic use of water, reflexology, acupressure, reflexology, maternal positioning and other strategies and techniques like the birth ball, lunge, dangle, towel pull, pelvic circles and use of rebozo. Reviews of the NEW second edition of The Nurturing Touch at Birth. "Open the book and a cornucopia of information, ideas, concepts, and strategies spills out. An indispensable resource for experienced labor support professionals and novices alike." Henci Goer, author of The Thinking Woman's Guide to a Better Birth and Obstetric Myths Versus Research Realities.

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The following is manna to the ears of the author-Paulina Perez. "This clearly written handbook is easy to read and contains "everything you always wanted to know" about supporting women through the labor and birth process. The techniques are immediately usable. Even the most experienced labor support professional can learn some surprising new techniques. I was happy to discover techniques I was able to use immediately! Thank you, Polly, for your leadership and commitment to women, families and all of us who support a beautiful birth with positive birth memories. " Joy Grohar, Certified Nurse Midwife 1996 AWHONN president Practice Director, Mercy Hospital and Medical Center Chicago, Illinois

"This is one of the most comprehensive books on childbirth available to birthing professionals. It is "one-stop shopping" for the knowledge and skills that can be used to provide support during the entire birthing process. There are tips, tricks, and information that can be used for a wide variety of women with differing plans for their birth in any setting. Touch at Birth not only teaches how to provide support for a woman giving birth, but provides encouragement and strength to birthing professionals. You don’t only get the "how-to’s" with this book, you get the "what’s" and the "how-comes" as well! Nurturing It takes the whole spectrum of care for a woman during labor and birth and turns it into a rainbow." Julie Holden, RN, BSN, MA Clinical Resource Specialist Melrose-Wakefield Hospital

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Open the book and a cornucopia of information, ideas, concepts, and strategies spills out. An indispensable resource for experienced labor support professionals and novices alike. Henci Goer, author of The Thinking Woman's Guide to a Better Birth and Obstetric Myths Versus Research Realities

Paulina Perez has worked miracles once again. In this second edition, she gives the reader the tools to bring the "soul of birth" back to women. At this time in history with the increase in cesareans on demand and birth by technology, there is an urgent need to listen to this wise woman and follow her lead. Celeste Phillips, RN, EdD, author of Family-Centered Maternity Care

Since the first edition was published in 1997, thousands of to-be mothers, nurses, doulas and other health care professionals have turned to this book for information and how-to instructions. It serves as a guide and inspiration to those experiencing childbirth and to those assisting with the experience. Childbirth can be and should be the most powerful and inspiring life event for everyone involved. The first edition was a must-read, but this second edition is must-HAVE book. Bev Deaton, 2005 President of AWHONN

The Nurturing Touch is not only a resource book, it is a wake up call for those of us delivering care to women. We have normalized deviance in perinatal care to the point that routine elective cesarean on demand is readily accepted, nurses have diminished skills with actual hands on care, and we devote our energy to the care of technology. We must stop the craziness and return control of the birth experience to the woman and her family and change birth from the medicalized model we have created back to the normal process that we know it should be. Susan Leavitt Gullo, MS, RN

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