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Friday, December 01, 2006

DOULA OR DON’T?

Belly mask? Colostrum? Doula? Expectant parents are confronted by a whole new vocabulary and a world of choices. If you’re adding to your family soon, you join parents-to-be Louise Brown (who was the world’s first “test-tube baby”), Eddie Murphy, Tori Spelling, Marcia Cross, Sean “P Diddy” Combs, Jaime Pressly, Donald Trump, Jr., Flavor Flav, Sofia Coppola and Stella McCartney. Check out:

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

The Guy's Guide to Surviving Pregnancy, Childbirth, and the First Year of Fatherhood” by Michael R. Crider.

Baby Catcher: Chronicles of a Modern Midwife” by Peggy Vincent.

Adventures in Tandem Nursing: Breastfeeding During Pregnancy and Beyond” by Hilary Flower.

Maybe Baby: 28 Writers Tell the Truth About Skepticism, Infertility, Baby Lust, Childlessness, Ambivalence, and How They Made the Biggest Decisions of Their Lives” by Lori Leibovich.

The Disabled Woman's Guide to Pregnancy and Birth” by Judi Rogers.

Dr. Ruth's Pregnancy Guide for Couples: Love, Sex, and Medical Facts” by Ruth K. Westheimer.

Find other books to help you make pre-and-post-natal decisions in our online catalog.

Feel free to write about your childbirth experiences in a comment.

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