The Doula Book, 3rd Edition, by Marshall Klaus, MD, Phyllis Klaus, MFT, LMSW, and John H Kennell, MD
Sub-Title: How A Trained Labor Companion Can Help You Have A Shorter, Easier, And Healthier Birth
Publisher: Da Capo Press
Size: approximately 17.5 x 23 cm
The acclaimed guide to labour support for a short, easy, and healthy birth, now brought thoroughly up to date.
For decades, new parents have been guided toward reclaiming normal, successful birth through the work of Dr Marshall Klaus, Dr John Kennell, and Phyllis Klaus. Now, in this revised third edition of their influential book, they provide findings from their research to demonstrate how the power of continuous support in labour:
- Reduces the rate of caesarean sections;
- Reduces length of labour;
- Reduces the need for pain medicine; and
- Markedly increases breastfeeding and enhances bonding.
A new chapter explains how a female relative or friend can be trained in labour support. In addition, important new research reveals the unintended effects of epidurals and inductions, and also confirms the benefits of hypnosis in easing and shortening labour. No expectant parent will want to be without this empowering and irreplaceable book.
About the Authors:
Regarded as some of the foremost experts in childbirth, the authors are among those who founded DONA International in 1992. Marshall Klaus, MD was formerly Professor of Pediatrics at the University University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine. Phyllis Klaus, MFT, LMSW, is a psychotherapist in private practice, specialising in pregnancy, birth, and the post partum period. John H Kennell, MD, is Professor of Pediatrics Emeritus at Case Western Reserve Medical School.
To learn more about their work, visit them on the web at www.dona.org
"Undisputed experts in the field." - Los Angeles Times
From Publishers Weekly: "World-wide renowned authorities on birthing and bonding, Klaus and Kennell (Bonding) team up once again in this new work, focusing on the role of the doula, a Greek word that means "woman caregiver." Today, the authors explain, doula has come to mean an experienced labor companion who provides parents-to-be with emotional and physical support during labor, delivery and, to some extent, postpartum. The three authors (Phyllis Klaus teaches psychotherapy at the Erikson Institute in California) describe how a doula can help the birthing process, detailing studies that indicate doula-supported births result in a major reduction in the length of labor, a greater than 50% drop in cesarean sections, a decrease in a mother's need for pain medication and fewer feeding problems for babies after birth. Over the past decade, the authors claim, "evidence for the benefits of doula support has been accumulating dramatically." Expectant parents will find this exciting information, and it may impact their birthing plans. With appendixes and photos (many of which, unfortunately, seem to date from the 1970s) detailing a doula's training, relaxation and visualization techniques, the book will also be vital for women considering entering this field. As usual, the team of Klaus and Kennell presents its work in a clear, compassionate manner, offering new insights and ways to make birthing a safe and positive experience for all involved." (Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.)
From Library Journal: "A doula, from the Greek word meaning "woman caregiver," acts as a companion to a woman before, during, and, to a lesser extent, after labor. Unlike a midwife, she does not provide obstetrical care (i.e., deliver babies) but rather offers continuous and individualized emotional and physical support in order to foster a sense of reassurance, shorten labor, and decrease the need for pain killers and cesarean section. In this update of Mothering the Mother (1993), neonatologist Klaus, pediatrician John H. Kennell, and psychotherapist Phyllis H. Klaus carefully delineate the specific functions and characteristics of a well-trained doula, the criteria for selecting one, and the numerous benefits of using one. Real-life examples of the interaction among the doula, the mother, and her partner illuminate what it's like to work with a doula. Appendixes provide detailed information about the training of doulas, the techniques that they employ, and the results of clinical trials of labor support. The only drawback is that the photographs appear rather dated. A fine acquisition for public library pregnancy and health collections." - Linda M.G. Katz, Drexel Univ. Health Sciences Libs., Philadelphia (Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Great book for women considering becoming doulas, or even for first time mothers wanting to learn more about childbirth." - Jema Turk (from Amazon)
"I am just beginning my quest to doula-hood. This book was very inspiring and informative. A great resource!" - Educator (from Amazon)
"There is just so much here, so much about the emotional work of birth. Of course the doula will learn a tremendous amount from this book, but if you ever wondered if you should hire a doula, then this book is for you." - Tessa Morales (from Amazon)
"This book is a must read for anyone expecting or planning on using a doula, or want to know what one is! I highly recommend not only reading this book, but using a doula. Proven to have shorter labors, less medical interventions & happier newborns!" - Teri L Langston (from Amazon)
"The Doula Book is a fantastic choice for those who are considering having a professional labor assistant to be present, either at your birth, or after. This book is FULL of knowledge!!! I love it and often refer back to it." - Aunt Nat (from Amazon)
"Considering that I am a doula myself, this book was on the top of my list for referencing. The title really does tell it all. This book gives an in depth look at doulas as birth partners & goes into detail on how one can help you have a better birth. In fact, if you choose not to hire a doula, this book can guide you or your partner in self-help comfort measures. More than likely after reading all the advantages of having a doula to assist you in labor, you'll want to seek one out near you. Buy this book to find out as much as you can about this new movement sweeping our nation! You may even want to be a doula yourself after reading what a difference you can make for other women. This is a required reading for some doula trainees & well worth the price for all of its insight as well as medical studies showing the value of doulas. Check it out!" - Jeanne Stolaas (from Amazon)
"This book is very easy to read. It is well-written, well laid out, very well researched. There is an excellent chapter concerning the role of the father in the labor room. A lot of their observations are based on what they observed in a hospital in Ireland. There are statistics but not too many, enough to be convincing: they haven't overstated the case for doulas: their claims of an easier, shorter, healthier birth are not outlandish but well presented and backed up by good solid research. Apart from all that it is an easy read." - J Davies, mother of 9 (from Amazon)
"I am a working doula and found this book to be of great value. I would think it is better for the potential doula rather than the expectant mother as a resource. This book clearly outlined the research studies to support a doula-assisted birth. At no point did I feel there was a political agenda attached to the content. It was clear in outlining the significant benefits and risks of any method or intervention. I am an unbiased doula assisting women in whatever birth they chose whether it be medicated or not, the book simply lays out the benefits of doulas." - Working Doula (from Amazon)
"I had to read this for my DONA doula workshop. I was expecting it to be more of guide for doulas (much like "The Birth Partner"). However, this book is mostly all about how "How A Trained Labor Companion Can Help You Have A Shorter, Easier, And Healthier Birth" just like the tag line says. It covers research and studies. I found it to be an easy read. I recommend expecting parents read it if they are unsure about the role of a doula, and they are the bookish type. However, I think don't it's a necessary read - you can get the basic idea that doulas help in labor just by reading info off of www.dona.org or even better, go interview some local birth doulas. I did learn that there was a study that showed that women have a better opinion of their husband's role in the labor if they also have a doula... even some months after the birth." - The Green Beagle (from Amazon)
"The Doula Book is wonderful. I have been a L&D nurse for 10+ years and have just started on my journey to become a certified doula and the book was amazing. I recommend it to anyone who is involved in the pregnancy, Labor and Delivery process, along with new Moms to be." - Pam Sanderson (from Amazon)
"... It provides a great review of the research regarding doulas positive impact on labor and birth, addresses doulas and dads, and generally gives you an idea of what to expect from your doula. Definitely something to check out if you're interested in maintaining as natural of a childbirth as possible -- even if you know you'll be induced or have a cesarean birth!" - A Customer (from Amazon)
"I bought this book as part of my DONA certification and thoroughly enjoyed reading it! It easily defined my role as a Doula and by the end, I was even more convinced of the value of having a Doula at each birth!! From the last few weeks of pregnancy to the first weeks at home, women and their families benefit from the care and knowledge a Doula provides, and this book lays that out beyond a doubt. Wonderful Book!" - Dawn Anderson, New Beginnings Labor & Delivery Support, Meridian, ID. (from Amazon)
"This book provides so much needed information, studies and facts that women need to make informed decisions about labor! It's so hard to find this information anywhere else, and in such a easy-to-read format! It's refreshing! It's also a quick read if you are interested in natural labor." - Heather Berry (from Amazon)
"For a woman just learning about what a doula does and what benefits can be gained for the whole family, I wholeheartedly recommend this research-based book. I know many other childbirth educators, midwives, and parents who use this book often, find it as readable as I do, and greatly respect its authors." - Sarah K Masterson (from Amazon)
"I had Mothering the Mother from the same authors, and was not sure if it was going to be worth it to buy The Doula Book, the 2nd edition. As soon as I picked a copy up in the store, I realized that is was going to be worth it. It has a lot of updated information in it, additional birth stories and examples, and much more information, without loosing any of the info about the very first research.
I am glad that it still provides the perspective of 'how it all started' which I find sadly missing in other books about doulas and the aspect of labor support. Well, and who better to write about it then the pioneering researchers themselves, who are also Founders of Doulas of North America (DONA), the largest doula organization.
While the continuous emotional, physical and informational support of a doula just makes common sense, this books provides the data and the research results for those who need them to understand the value of a doula. I recommend this book all the time to those who wnat to understand the role of a doula better, and those who want to become a doula themselves." - um2345 (from Amazon)
"Three of the founders of Doulas of North America, Marshal and Phyllis Klaus and John Kennell, have written an update to their original book, Mothering the Mother. The new version has up to date information and facts and truly gives the essence of what a doula does. With their love for laboring families and the doulas who help them, the authors make reading about doula research enjoyable. Their words of wisdom help families who are thinking of choosing a doula and also women who are thinking of becoming doulas. Required reading for all who are interested in doulas!" - Ann Grauer (from Amazon)