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Pregnancy and childbirth are not what they used to be. Back in the good ol’ days, mothers-to-be visited their obstetricians once a month, did exactly what they were told, and gave birth while heavily sedated or anesthetized. Their partners paced nervously in the waiting room, barred from the inner sanctum of the labor and delivery rooms. Although some expectant parents still stand on the sidelines, more choose to be active players. If you want to be a participant rather than a spectator in the birth of your baby, Pea in a Pod, Third Edition is your playbook.
Up-to-date and complete, Pea in a Pod is a “one-stop-shopping” guide that provides a wealth of pertinent, accurate information for expectant parents. With topics that begin with fertilization and continue through pregnancy, childbirth, and baby’s first year, this comprehensive work could easily be called Absolutely Everything You Need to Know About Pregnancy, Birth, Breastfeeding, and the Newborn. After presenting a general overview of available birthing options and caregiver choices, the book offers a detailed description of conception and fetal development, along with the physical and emotional changes to expect during pregnancy. It provides important nutritional guidelines; exercise plans for the mother-to-be, new mother, and cesarean mother; information on prenatal tests and procedures; and a wealth of hints for the father-to-be, labor partner, and new father. Also included is a variety of effective relaxation techniques and breathing methods to help manage the work of labor. And since every labor is different and may not necessarily go “by the book,” labor variations are discussed along with the most common interventions and medications. The final chapters focus on the basics of infant care, detailing such topics as breastfeeding, childhood immunizations, and infant massage. Clear, step-by-step instructions for handling emergencies such as choking are presented, as well as directions for performing infant CPR.
The birth of a baby is one of the most significant events in a parent’s lifetime. Whether this is your first birth or your first “prepared” birth, Pea in a Pod will help make the journey from pregnancy to parenthood both memorable and rewarding.
Goldberg, RN, CCE, IBCLC, has been actively working with pregnant and
postpartum families since the mid-1970s. She has taught childbirth classes
since 1977, first with
the CEA of Jacksonville, Florida, and then at Special Beginnings, an
out-of-hospital birth center in Orlando. Prior to becoming an international
board certified lactation consultant in 2001, Linda worked as a staff RN in the
mother/infant unit of Winter Park Memorial Hospital. A certified Happiest Baby
instructor, Linda is a lactation consultant at Advent Health, Winter Park, teaching
prenatal breastfeeding classes as well as working with women postpartum both in
the hospital setting and in a mother’s support group.