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Pregnancy, Childbirth & the Newborn


Pregnancy, Childbirth and the Newborn by Simkin, Whalley, Keppler, Durham and Bolding has current medical information, including an updated discussion on nutrition and fitness during pregnancy, new information on complementary medicine approaches, updated research-based information on interventions during childbirth, revised statistics and discussion on cesarean birth and vaginal birth after cesarean (VBAC), an extensive discussion on informed decision-making, plus much more.  Every section of the book has been revised, updated and expanded.  

It covers all aspects of childbearing, from conception through early infancy.  It tells you what to expect during pregnancy, birth, and the postpartum period, and how you can work with your caregiver to make childbirth an enjoyable and healthy experience.


Pregnancy, Childbirth and the Newborn is the ultimate guide to all aspects of birthing. This book is a must for all pregnant women and those who love them!
Christiane Northrup, MD, Author of Women's Bodies, Women's Wisdom and The Wisdom of Menopause

Women can only make informed choices when they are able to get comprehensive information on the many decisions that come up during pregnancy, labor, birth and the postpartum period. This book provides such information. I heartily recommend it to all pregnant women! 
Ina May Gaskin, Author of Spiritual Midwifery and Ina May's Guide to Childbirth

Pregnancy, Childbirth and the Newborn is on my  required reading list and one of my favorite books to prepare for childbirth. With new images, stories and updated information I shouted yes, yes, yes again and again as it captures the current issues, insights and options needed to prepare for a safe, satisfying and transformative journey through pregnancy, birth and beyond.
Debra Pascali-Bonaro, LCCE, CD, PCD, coauthor of Orgasmic Birth: Your Guide to a Safe, Satisfying and Pleasurable Birth Experience; Director, Orgasmic Birth: The Best Kept Secret

This is the revision we have been waiting for! This is the best book for parents as well as the text we use for all of our Doula Trainings. These revisions make what was good even better. The addition of the PCN web site is brilliant and will be a wonderful resource long after the book has been read.
Kathleen A Lindstrom, CD (DONA), LCCE, FACCE, Perinatal Program Manager, Douglas College, Coquitlam, BC

Throw away your copy of "What to Expect"! Penny Simkin and her coauthors have just updated their far more helpful pregnancy guide. Pregnancy, Childbirth and the Newborn provides accurate information about everything from early pregnancy to caring for your baby, with warmth and clarity. These authors don't load their book up with "shoulds" but rather guide the reader through the myriad decisions, showing respect for your intelligence and support for your judgment. With effective illustrations, lovely photos, compelling stories, and valuable reference tables, plus remarkable wisdom packed into every page, this pregnancy book is what every mom-to-be need to help her negotiate the momentous times ahead.
Marjorie Greenfield, MD, Author of The Working Woman's Pregnancy Book

Once again the authors have provided the right informations, at the right time, and have delivered it with the kind of reassuring expertise that helps expectant parents prepare for the most meaningful moment of their lives.
Bernie Dorsey, founder of Conscious Fathering

Seattle's own ParentMap included the PCN in their September 2010 Raves and Reviews. Thank you to Tera Schreiber and ParentMap for supporting this local resource!


Award Winning Book!

Pregnancy, Childbirth and the Newborn, 2009 medically updated edition is the winner of three awards in 2009, one each from the National Parenting Publications, iParenting Media, and Living Now Book Awards.

  • National Parenting Publications awarded Pregnancy, Childbirth and the Newborn a Gold Award in their parenting resources category.  National Parenting Publications wrote: "Our testers loved this book's positive, realistic and thorough approach to preparing new parents for their birth experience.  It encourages questions, offers alternatives and empowers parents-to-be to make decisions based on accurate, balanced research and personal choice."

  • iParenting Media awarded Pregnancy, Childbirth and the Newborn a 2009 Best Products Award in their book category.

  • Living Now Awards honored Pregnancy, Childbirth and the Newborn with a 2009 Bronze Award in their family category.



  • 1,385,000 copies sold

  • Numerous obstetrical practices in the US give this book to all of their maternity clients during the first trimester of pregnancy.

  • Used as a primary textbook for training childbirth educator and doula trainings nationwide, including ICEA, DONA, CAPPA.

  • Lamaze International includes it in their Top 10 List of Books for Expectant Parents

  • Product Details

    • Paperback: 512 pages

    • Publisher: Meadowbrook; Revised ed.

    • Language: English

    • ISBN-10: 1501112708

    • ISBN-13: 978-1501112706

    • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 1 x 9.1 inches

    • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)

    • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 

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