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I'm looking on Amazon.com now at some books aimed towards father/partner/friend assisting the laboring mom. Does anyone here have recommendations for a book or website that has that info, geared towards a homebirth? My husband is very eager to play an active role in the birth and do what he can to help with pain management, so I thought I'd try and find him something informative to read.
 

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Have you looked at "Natural Childbirth the Bradley Way" by Susan McCutcheson? The Bradley method is very dh/partner/coach focused.
 

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My mother and my dh read The Birth Partner by Penny Simpkin (actually I'm not sure dh read all of it <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/shy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="innocent">) I read it too and thought it had some really great info in it.<br><br>
My mom says it really helped her know what was going on and how best to help. I think she was absolutely wonderful, so I would recommend it highly.<br><br>
Christa
 

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I also liked the Birth Partner. I'll also toss out a reccomendation for "Active Birth" by Janet Balaskas. It was a simple basic book I thought. Clear and not too detailed, I thought was nice for my other half, while covering all the basics of a natural birth. There were a lot of different position suggestions well illustrated, pictured and described, and I seem to recollect a really great chapter for partners talking about how to actually support those squats. The format seemed not too intimidating and accessible.
 

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on books, i always recommend half.com if you care about the price. that way you can order many more books for less $$$$. i do like Natural Childbirth the Bradley Way but its the only one i have so far.<br>
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I'll 2nd (or 3rd!) that one. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up">
 

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I'm thirding "The Birth Partner" by Penny Simkin . . . it is clear and well-laid out, and covers the basics.<br><br>
I am also going to have DH and my labor support read at least one book of birth stories . . . I might even select several birth stories from a few different books (trying to find stories that represent the whole spectrum of natural birth), photocopy them, and hand them out. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> I think reading stories written by women about their own birthing experiences gives you a good feel for commonalities, what to expect, etc. (I know I drew on those same readings while attending births.)
 

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Check Amazon for books by Carl Jones - there are two of them but one of them writes wonderful books from a man/husband point of view. You can get them used as they are out of circulation but can usually get them for a few bucks - I have three of his books and DH really enjoyed them. One is aimed directly at fathers/husbands and one of the others is about post partum & newborn care.<br><br>
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I would think that the way he is to you as your partner is enough information. He doesn't need to "coach" you or "direct" you. He only needs to be your lover, friend, husband, partner. The way he supports and loves you everyday will be perfect during birth!
 

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Another Bradley book is actually titled "Husband-Coached Birth." I think the information will prove useful (baby is due in 9 days, so we have yet to test it).
 

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nak<br><br>
my dh loved the birth partner. I think it helped him a lot to also read as many birth stories as I could convince him to.
 

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My dh doesn't really ever finish any book I ever give him. He's more of an "article" guy <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink">....that said, the best thing for him w/our first HB was to talk to BTDT HB dads. He has said that was extremely valuable and comforting.<br><br>
Good luck!!!
 

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I have never been through this before, but my partner has agreed to read <span style="text-decoration:underline;">Ina May's Guide to Childbirth</span>. I felt like (so far) that is the one book that has made me see what birth will be like a little more clearly. I will be reading many more book, I'm sure, but I do think that this book, in particular, made things make sense.
 

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I 12th or 500th or whatever-it-is, <i>The Birth Partner</i> by Penny Simkin. <i>Birthing from Within</i> by Pam England is my favorite for anyone and everyone. My DH read or skimmed at least both of those and he was fabulous.
 

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I'll second "Active Birth". DH liked that it was very straightforward and factual, and that it didn't include all the touchy-feelies of "Birthing From Within" (which I loved....couldn't get him thru it, though!!)
 
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