May 30, 2011
Being Born: The Doula's Role (children's book)
Being Born: The Doula's Role
by Jewel Hernandez
Illustrated by R. Michael Mithuna
This childrens picture book with simple text and soft watercolors explains in friendly terms to kids and parents about the role of a doula a healthcare professional who offers physical and emotional support to a pregnant woman and her family. Research confirms that the support of a doula throughout pregnancy optimizes a womans chances of having a healthier birth experience as well as a healthier newborn. This book celebrates birth as a natural and whole-family experience. Both its text and images present the subject clearly, but in child-appropriate language. Its gentle advocacy of a doulas role make Being Born an invaluable resource for childbirth educators to use with first pregnancies, teenage mothers, and with families for whom English is a second language. When read to younger siblings, this book will be a source of comfort to those who wonder about all the people involved when mom is having a baby.
No other child-oriented picture-book covers the subject of doulas.
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