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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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Oh My Darling, Valentine

Oh My Darling, Valentine (Sung to the tune of “Clementine”)Oh My Darling Valentine

In a toy store 
on a Sunday
with a dollar forty-nine,
I need something,
just a dumb thing,
for my brand-new
valentine. 

Oh my darling,
oh my darling,
oh my darling,
valentine.
I’m uneasy,
kind of queasy,
but you’re still my
valentine. 

Yes, it happened
in the classroom
when you said,
“Will you be mine?”
I was muddled
and befuddled,
so I answered,
“Yeah, that’s fine.” 

Then you called me
in the lunchroom.
You had saved a
place in line.
And I knew that
it was true that
I was now your
valentine. 

I went shopping
for a present,
and I saw this
blinking sign:
“Here’s a pleasant
little present
for a brand-new
valentine.” 

So I bought it,
and I brought it
in my backpack
right at nine.
Do you like it?
It’s a spy kit
with a flashlight
you can shine. 

I could tell you
didn’t like it
when you said I
was a swine.
How exciting!
I’m delighting.
I have no more
valentine. 

Till another
person stopped me,
and she asked,
“Will you be mine?”
This is crushing!
Oh, I’m blushing.
I’ve another
valentine. 

Text © Kenn Nesbitt reprinted from Revenge of the Lunch Ladies, published by Meadowbrook Press. Illustration © Mike & Carl Gordon.

Mary Had a Little Jam Review


Mary Had a Little JamThe January issue of Story Monsters Ink (archived here) called the new expanded edition of Mary Had a Little Jam "simply adorable!"

"A truly fresh and silly recount of the classic nursery rhymes that is sure to delight children, and create a love for giggle poetry."

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Life Story: Vicki Lansky

Vicki Lansky

Our thought go out to the family of Vicki Lansky, first author and co-founder of Meadowbrook Press.

How to Write New Year's Resolutions

How to Write New Year's Resolutions

by Bruce Lansky

If you read Bridget Jones's Diary, you know it starts out with her New Year's resolutions: lists of things she will and won't do. I'd reprint them all, but it would take too much time and effort to get the reprint rights, so I'll just serve up a smattering of my favorites: 

I Will Not 

Waste money on exotic underwear since pointless as have no boyfriend. 
Fall for any of the following: alcoholics, workaholics, commitment phobics, chauvinists, freeloaders, perverts. 
Have crushes on men, but instead form relationships based on mature assessment of character. 

I Will 

Go to gym three times a week not merely to buy sandwich. 
Learn to program video. 
Give all clothes which have not worn for two years or more to homeless. 
Not go out every night but stay in and read books and listen to classical music. 

Interestingly, the publisher of Bridget Jones's Diary put some of her resolutions on the back cover of the book to promote it: 

Meet Bridget Jones--a 30-something Singleton who is certain she would have all the answers if she could: 

  a. lose 7 pounds
  b. stop smoking
  c. develop Inner Poise

And the studio that distributed the movie used her resolutions on the poster promoting the movie. Surely, I'm not the only person who was struck by the comic brilliance of Bridget's resolutions, but I'm probably one of the few who see them as delicious examples of list poems. 

If this is isn't your first PoetryTeachers.com "poetry lesson," you already know my take on list poems--they're just about the easiest way to get kids (or adults) writing poetry. Writing a list poem is fairly easy. All you have to do is make a list, using parallel structure throughout. What makes some list poems better than others is that the better ones: 

  • make sense 
  • "go somewhere" (that is, begin somewhere and end somewhere else) 
  • include humor or some other feeling, if possible 

Notice that Bridget Jones's resolutions not only make sense, they go somewhere--that is, they cover what she won't do and what she will do. Reading them, you can quickly grasp that she's a desperate Singleton who doesn't have a boyfriend and is trying to get her act together so she might be able to attract one in the future. And, they're funny--they give you a sense of just how unlikely it is that she'll succeed with any of her resolutions. 

Now that you know how much I love Bridget (if you haven't read the book or seen the movie, I suggest you do so at your earliest convenience), and know how much I like list poems, consider this opportunity: Have your class write list poems when they get back to school in January after their holiday vacations. The theme can be their New Year's resolutions or that old chestnut "What I Did Over Winter Vacation." 

Here's my quick take on both of those themes: 

My New Year's Resolutions 

Turn off "Stranger Things" when I'm supposed to be studying for speling test. 
Don't stay home with a "stomach ache" the day of speling test. 
Don't express mock surprise when I flunk speling. 
Don't fake my father's signature on the report card. 
Or, at very least, learn how to spel his first name correctly.

"Resolutions"

Resolutions by Linda Knaus

© copyright Linda Knaus with permission of its publisher Meadowbrook Press.

"Santa Got Stuck in the Chimney"

Santa Got Stuck in the Chimney by Kenn Nesbitt

© copyright Kenn Nesbitt with permission of its publisher Meadowbrook Press.

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