Contents
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pregnant woman

Acknowledgments — iii

About the Author — iv

Foreword — ix

The Infamous Taxicab
    Delivery Story
— xi


Part One
Gaining a Perspective

Chapter 1: Your Presence Makes a Difference — 3

Chapter 2: Your Role: The Mountain and the Warrior — 9

Chapter 3: How to Communicate with a Laboring Woman — 15

Chapter 4: Breath: The Key to Reducing Pain — 23

Chapter 5: Relaxation and the Truth Within — 35

Chapter 6: The Transcendent Power of Birth — 41

Part Two
Getting Ready

Chapter 7: Birth Options — 49

Chapter 8: Commonly Used Labor Terms — 57

Chapter 9: The Map: Stages of Labor — 65

Chapter 10: Intervention Strategies — 75

Chapter 11: Using Focal Points in Labor — 85

Chapter 12: Warrior Skills to Protect Your Space and Hers — 93

Chapter 13: Pain and Medication: Making Wise Choices — 99

Part Three
Preparation Practices

Chapter 14: Breath, Alignment, and Preparation Practices — 115

Chapter 15: Simulated Hands-on Preparation — 125

Chapter 16: Labor and Birth Positions — 131

Part Four
Labor and Birth

Chapter 17: Labor Begins — 147

Chapter 18: What to do if the Baby Arrives Unexpectedly — 157

Chapter 19: Active Labor — 163

Chapter 20: If Labor Stalls — 167

Chapter 21: Bathroom Timetable and Fundamentals — 171

Chapter 22: Labor and Water — 179

Chapter 23: Pushing — 185

Chapter 24: The Birth: Your Baby Is Born (Audio Excerpt) — 199

Epilogue
Going Home

Chapter 25: The First Forty Days and Nights — 211

Endnotes 231

Appendices
Quick Tips for Labor

Appendix 1: Options to Discuss before Birth — 233

Appendix 2: Review of Labor Terms — 235

Appendix 3: Review of Stages of Labor — 237

Appendix 4: Checklist for the Birthing Room — 239

Appendix 5: Essential Tips for Labor — 241

Appendix 6: Strategies to Help Manage Pain — 243

Appendix 7: Frequently Used Labor Positions — 245

Appendix 8: How to Assist Your Partner if Labor Stalls — 247

Appendix 9: Pushing Review — 249