Wednesday, 25 March 2015

Recommended Books about Doulas

There are so many books out there that it's easy to get overwhelmed. Here are some books that consistently get good reviews. The Book Depository has free shipping to Korea. What the Book in Itaewon can get most books for you. Amazon might be a good option if you have someone coming to visit or can buy the Kindle version of the book. The descriptions are based off of Amazon's descriptions. Here's a list of doulas in Korea that might help you.


The Birth Partner -  Revised 4th Edition: A Complete Guide to Childbirth for Dads, Doulas, and All Other Labor Companions
Written by Penny Simkins

An expert in birth, Penny Simkins' updated book contains information about how to know if you're in labor, what normal labor is, managing pain during labor using medication and natural methods, C-sections, breastfeeding, postpartum, newborn care, and more. You can buy it from Amazon or the Book Depository.



The Doula Advantage: Your Complete Guide to Having an Empowered and Positive Birth with the Help of a Professional Birth Assistant
Written by Rachel Gurevich

Doulas are professionally trained to assist women giving birth. They can help during pregnancy, at birth, and during the postpartum period. You'll learn how doulas can help you no matter what type of birth you have, how to choose the right doula for you, how doulas can help dads, and more. You can buy it from Amazon or the Book Depository.



The Doula Book: How a Trained Labor Companion Can Help You Have a Shorter, Easier, and Healthier Birth
Written by Marshall H. Klaus, John H. Kennell, and Phyllis H. Klaus

Research has shown that there is a distinct advantage to hiring a doula. From lowering the use of pain medication, to decreasing the C-section rate, shortening labor, and having women have more positive memories of the birth experience, doulas help everyone involved. You can buy it from Amazon or the Book Depository.



The Doula Guide to Birth: Secrets Every Pregnant Women Should Know
Written by Ananda Lowe and Rachel Zimmerman

While many people may think of doulas as a new-age trend, doulas have been around for centuries helping women birth. Find out what doulas do, how to interview a doula, techniques you can use even if you don't hire a doula, interventions, when to go to the hospital, how to expect the unexpected, and more. You can buy it from Amazon or the Book Depository



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Tuesday, 17 March 2015

Using a Rebozo During Labor

From CAPPA
Many traditional cultures around the world use rebozos for labor and carrying their babies afterwards. A rebozo is a long shawl. Some are thick and some are thin. Length and width vary, but they are usually big enough to help you wear your baby. Rebozo is a Spanish word and they are often used in Latin American countries such as Mexico and Peru. 

Some doulas, such as Jinny consistently use rebozos during labor. They have been shown to shorten labor and make labor easier. Gena Kirby has a rebozo workshop that is definitely worth taking a look at as well.

Here are some places that sell rebozos

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Tuesday, 3 March 2015

Recommended Grief and Loss Books

There are so many books out there that it's easy to get overwhelmed. Here are some books that consistently get good reviews. The Book Depository has free shipping to Korea. What the Book in Itaewon can get most books for you. Amazon might be a good option if you have someone coming to visit or can buy the Kindle version of the book. The descriptions are based off of Amazon's descriptions.



Always Within; Grieving the Loss of Your Infant
Written by Melissa L Eshleman

A complication of stories from people who have lost their baby. These stories are coupled with helpful advice from people who have gone through a loss. There's information for what friends or family can do or so during this time. You can buy it from Amazon or the Book Depository.



Baby Dust
Written by Deanna Roy

Based on the stories of women who have lost a child, this book discusses the many ways people grieve. You can buy it from Amazon or the Book Depository.




Empty Arms: Coping with Miscarriage, Stillbirth and Infant Death
Written by Sherokee Illse

This book encourages parents to say hello to their baby before saying good-bye. They also offer suggestions for having to make difficult decisions. There's information about going back to work, grieving as a couple, guilt, deciding to have another baby, and more. You can buy it from Amazon or the Book Depository.



Grieving Parents: Surviving the Loss as a Couple
Written by Nathalie Himmelrich

The loss of a child can strongly affect a couple. This book will tell you how men and women grieve, how to work through this process individually and as a couple, and how to become a stronger couple. You can buy it from Amazon or the Book Depository.



I Will Carry You: The Sacred Dance of Grief and Joy
Written by Angie Smith

Angie and her husband found out that her baby had conditions making her incompatible with life. Although they were advised to terminate their pregnancy, Angie birthed her child and Audrey lived for 2.5 hours before passing. Angie started a blog called Bring the Rain and thousands of people found comfort in her words. You can buy it from Amazon or the Book Depository.


Pregnancy After a Loss: A Guide to Pregnancy After a Miscarriage, Stillbirth, or Infant Death
Written by Carol Cirulli Lanham

Getting pregnancy after a loss can be a difficult situation and a woman may feel herself going through a variety of emotions, such as fear and guilt. This may be a difficult time, but it can also be a healing time. You can buy it from Amazon or the Book Depository.



Three Minus One: Stories of Parents' Love and Loss
Written by Kelly Kittel, Jessica Watson, Brooke Warner, and Sean Hanish

Inspired by the film Return to Zero, this book discusses how the loss of a child is like no other loss. It impacts the mother, father, family, and friends. Most people suffer in silence. This book breaks the silence. You can buy it from Amazon or the Book Depository.



Trying Again: A Guide to Pregnancy After Miscarriage, Stillbirth, and Infant Loss
Written by Ann Douglas

This book offers facts and advice about getting pregnancy after you experience a loss. You can buy it from Amazon or the Book Depository.


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