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Dealing with Morning Sickness

Giving Birth with Confidence

If you’re suffering from pregnancy nausea, one way to cope is to think of your baby getting strongly established in you, making his or her presence known, helping your body adjust to his or her needs. You might also keep this in mind: One researcher has said that the term morning sickness should really be changed to wellness insurance; pregnancy nausea may be linked to better birth weights for babies. If nothing else works, keep your eyes on the road ahead; morning sickness will end eventually. For most women, it goes away somewhere between the third and fourth month.

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Pregnant?

Giving Birth with Confidence

What makes Giving Birth with Confidence different from other pregnancy guides?

Learn straight from the source at Lamaze International's official blog:
Pregnant? Read this Book About Birth First, Early & Often.

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Giving Birth with ConfidenceGiving Birth with Confidence by Judith Lothian, RN, PhD, LCCE, FACCE & Charlotte DeVries is the updated 3rd edition of The Official Lamaze Guide and is the first and only pregnancy and childbirth guide endorsed by Lamaze International, the leading childbirth education organization in North America.

Giving Birth With Confidence empowers women to approach pregnancy and birth with knowledge and confidence.  This book simplifies the amazing process of pregnancy and childbirth, offering women and their partners trusted information and the best available medical evidence.  It helps mothers to understand their options and make informed decisions that support the safest, healthiest birth possible.

This new edition includes updated evidence and information on:

  • How vaginal birth, keeping mother and baby together, and breastfeeding help to build the baby’s microbiome.
  • How hormones naturally start and regulate labor and release endorphins to help alleviate pain.
  • Maternity-care practices that can disrupt the body’s normal functioning.
  • The latest recommendations on lifestyle issues like alcohol, vitamins, and caffeine.
  • Room sharing and cosleeping: the controversy, recommendations, and safety guidelines.
  • Out-of-hospital births are on the rise: New research and advice on planned home birth, including ACOG’s revised guidelines, which support women’s choices and promote seamless transfer to hospital, if needed.
  • The importance of avoiding unnecessary caesareans for mother and child. Includes the new ACOG guidelines on inductions and active labor.
  • The research in support of the Lamaze International’s “Six Healthy Birth Practices.”

About the Authors: Judith Lothian is a nurse and childbirth educator with over 30 years of experience. She is an associate professor at Seton Hall University College of Nursing and is chair of the Lamaze International Certification Council. Charlotte DeVries is a journalist, past president of Lamaze International’s board of directors, and a current board advisor.

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Why Another Birth Book?

Giving Birth with Confidence

From the preface of Giving Birth with Confidence 
by Judith Lothian, RN, PhD, LCCE, FACCE, FAAN & Charlotte DeVries of Lamaze International

Do a search of birth books and you’ll find more than you bargained for. Some claim to be the “complete guide” or the “better way” to have a baby. Some are filled with illustrations of developing babies, charts listing possible complications, and intricate biological details. Some are technical and scientific; some are warm and even funny.

When we reviewed all those birth books, we found that instead of encouraging women, the best sellers cataloged what to fear when you’re expecting. It was no surprise that their readers often ended up alarmed, afraid, and eager to choose medical interventions like epidurals and cesareans. 

As we prepared for this new edition, things had not changed much. Today, as in 2010, very few pregnancy books deliver the simple message that we think pregnant women need to hear most: birth is a natural part of life. We conceived this book a long time ago from our deep conviction that women know how to give birth—and that women need to rediscover this very important, basic truth.

Throughout history, the wisdom of birthing has belonged to the family and community. The majority of the world’s women have given birth among people they know, in a familiar and comfortable place. Birth has been considered a family event, not a medical one—until recently. In our modern, technology-centered culture, birth has moved from the home to the hospital, from the care of friends and family to the oversight of medical professionals, where touch and patience often give way to tests and timekeeping.

We believe deeply that birth is a process you can trust, just as millions of women before you have. This belief isn’t sentimental; it’s based on our thorough understanding of the physiologic birth process and research that confirms that interfering in that process is harmful, unless there’s clear evidence that interference provides benefit.

Unlike many other pregnancy and birth books—and, surprisingly, much of standard obstetric care—this book is written from the best possible research evidence. We often refer to the Cochrane Library, a collection of careful studies and systematic reviews of current research. In this edition, the research has been updated and continues to support the excellence of nature’s design for birth. What is also new since the last edition of this book is an increasing concern with the relatively stable but extremely high cesarean rate in the United States. Since the last edition, The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) has recommended practice guidelines that reflect this concern, and support allowing labor to start and progress with much less medical interference.

Simply said, it’s safer and healthier for you and for your baby to allow the natural process of labor and birth to unfold in the way that nature intended. In this new edition, we highlight over and over again that the best way to ensure a safe and healthy birth is to not interfere in the natural process without a serious medical indication. 

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