Great Study from a few years back on the benefits of labor support, both by partners and doulas.

Continuous support for women during childbirth | Cochrane

http://www.cochrane.org/CD003766/PREG_continuous-support-women-during-childbirth

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Reading “Deliver!” a first time dad “learned so much in a very short time.”

We just noticed this new five star Amazon review of “Deliver!” from earlier in the fall. Reader Nmat83 said:

“This book is simply great. As a first time father to be, I learned so much in a very short time. This book was a short, easy read with great information on every page. I felt much more at ease and knowledgeable after reading. I also got major kudos for dropping facts I learned from my wife! I definitely recommend this book to any father to be!”

 

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The Peanut Ball: A smart labor tool

I just supported a couple where the doctor was very doubtful that the mom would be able to deliver without a C-section. Based on my experience, I had to agree, but the mom really wanted to avoid surgery and so we did everything we could to help her to achieve that goal.

It was a long labor, but she did it (yeah!) and here’s what I think tipped the scales in her favor: The peanut ball.

More and more hospitals are providing these inflatable, peanut-shaped cushions for moms with epidurals and I have found them to be amazing tools for shortening labors and helping babies turn and descend when nothing else has seemed to help. They are especially good for moms who have to be in bed because of an epidural or other health concerns.

Here is an article with pictures and details if you are interested in seeing how peanut balls are used.

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Image © Maternal Focus from www.maternalfocus.com via www.scienceandsensibility.org.

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New Amazon review calls “Deliver!” “the perfect quick read” and “great for first time dad.”

We have another five star review of “Deliver!” up on Amazon. Says author KB:

“This was the perfect quick read to get my husband prepared to support me during the birth of our first child. Concise info without all the fluff. Other books that tried to keep it humorous lost a lot of key info, but this kept it direct. Short, sweet, loaded with helpful info.”

KB pretty much nails what we were hoping to achieve in writing “Deliver!” – offering a concise survey of the most important information on labor support, empowering anyone to be a positive and helpful presence as someone they love gives birth.

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“My “go-to” gift for friends who are expecting”

The five star reviews keep rolling in for “Deliver!” Here’s our latest from Amazon:

“This book is wonderful! It gave very practical advice and a clear overview of the birth process, which helped my husband feel more confident in his role, though I benefited greatly from it as well. Having read several other birth books, I appreciated this one the most because it was a great step-by-step manual that helped us think through all our options before labor and empowered us with knowledge to make decisions when it came time to “deliver!” It will now be my “go-to” gift for friends who are expecting. Thank you, Julie and Simon!”

Thank you, Julia – and congratulations to you and your husband.

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New dad: “after reading this book, I was surprisingly calm and assured about my role in the delivery process.”

41jgJO7mMSL._SY344_PJlook-inside-v2,TopRight,1,0_SH20_BO1,204,203,200_Deliver!” has another great, five star review up on Amazon. Nervous about his responsibilities as a birth partner, new dad Gaurav found our book to be a huge help – and a source of reassurance that he could do an excellent job.

He says:

“The information is easy to read, organized well and most importantly practical. The take aways from each section are so subtle that you will feel confident and ready to implement them right away. In short, the book is very effective.”

Like a lot of busy people, Gaurav also appreciated that “Deliver!” gets right to the point, noting:

“You can read it quickly, remember the important points and revisit them anytime. It literally takes you 30 minutes to read it. Most importantly, the book is concise because the content is clear. It has pointers that can actually make a difference in the delivery process.”

Read the whole review here.

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Short and Sweet – Another 5 Star Review

Loved this book! Short and sweet (enough) to really cover all of the main points you need to know without getting bogged down with info. I may bring it with me to the hospital too! Highly recommend this one.” – Kaitlyn

We are so happy for this new 5 star review as it’s exactly what we designed “Deliver!” to be … something short enough that it would actually get read, full of helpful advice to prepare for labor, and easy to flip through on the big day for tips and advice.  Thanks, Kaitlyn!

 

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