“Your book and previous advice still helped us so much this time around. Thank you! I am going to make a little “pregnancy pack”, including your book, and give it to every friend who gets pregnant. ” – Julie M.
We couldn’t be more excited to hear this in an email from Julie, who recently shared with us the story of her second V-Bac. Julie is a woman of amazing determination and faith and we are so glad to have been part of helping her welcome a new member to her family.
You can read all about her latest birth on her blog. Julie says Deliver! was “succinct and easy to review again before each birth. I want to buy it for every pregnant woman.”
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!”
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.
Image © Maternal Focus from www.maternalfocus.com via www.scienceandsensibility.org.
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.
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.
“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.
“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.
“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!
We have a great new review on our Amazon page:
“I cannot recommend this book enough. It says on the cover: “if you only read one book about childbirth, this is it” and it’s true. I had a vaginal birth after caesarean, in adverse conditions, which went really well. It was in great part due to this book. It was the only book I read, together with my husband. It is wonderful: complete, easy to read, practical and balanced.”
– Julie M
“Julie and Simon’s book gave us a different view about what you can do to support your beloved one when she is in delivery. For me, having a much more technical background, it was a very useful tool, that I truly recommend.”
– Daniel M, M.D.”
Thanks, Daniel and Julie for the wonderful review. When we wrote this book we hoped it would give couples the tools and confidence to have the labor and birth they wanted. It makes us very happy to hear that it’s doing just that! Congratulations and best wishes!
In “Deliver!” we try and help anyone who wants to support a mom in labor do the job well. While we specifically acknowledge that husbands, wives, boyfriends, girlfriends, moms, dads, grandparents and more can all be fabulous birth partners, we don’t mention children.
That’s because few people would ever think of having an older child witness the birth of his or her sibling. But should it never happen?
Jacque Gerrard, the Royal College of Midwives’ director for England, quoted in this piece about the Oliver family, isn’t willing to dismiss the idea entirely. “If it happens in a prepared, loving and supportive environment,” she tells the Guardian, “why not?”