Water Birth

Water Birth

A Midwife's Perspective

Book - 1994
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As women increasingly seek more humanistic birthing methods than the hospital-based delivery, certified midwife Susanna Napierala suggests that water birth offers mother and infant the ideal circumstances for beginning their lives together. Warm water, explains the author, reduces the hours and stress of labor, offers bodily support and relaxes blood flow, helping to ease the baby's journey. The baby makes its transition to breathing air in a familiar, gentle medium. Avoiding the didactics of ideology, Napierala infuses her eloquent text with answers to commonly asked questions: How does the baby breathe underwater? What about complications or infections? For whom is water birth a viable choice? How does a couple prepare for it? Water Birth guides the reader through the details of parental and midwife preparation, labor, and birth, noting danger signals that must be heeded. Here is a wealth of solid information, personal testimony, and instruction for those who make this choice.
Publisher: Westport, Conn. : Bergin & Garvey ; [Lanham, Md.] : Distributed to the trade by National Book Network, 1994
ISBN: 0897892852 (pb : alk. paper)
0897892844 (hc : alk. paper)
Branch Call Number: 618.4 NAP
Characteristics: 234 p. : ill. ; 24 cm

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