Pregnancy, Childbirth and the Newborn
Pregnancy, Childbirth and the Newborn presents the latest 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. We've even added the PCNGuide companion website.
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 you caregiver to make childbirth an enjoyable and healthy experience.
Here are some of the reviews:
"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
Authors awarded and September 16 proclaimed PCN Day in King County
Parent Trust of Washington Children awarded the authors of Pregnancy, Childbirth and the Newborn with the 2010 Family Leadership Award on September 16, 2010. Parent Trust held a PCN launch party where the authors spoke about the history of the book, the contributions its made in the perinatal realm and how it is updated now.
King County Executive Dow Constantine proclaimed September 16th as Pregnancy, Childbirth and the Newborn Day in King County, Washington. King County honored the resident authors who have been helping mothers, fathers and families have healthier, more positive birth experiences for over 40 years. This book has sold over a million copies and affected over a million lives.
April's Labor Support Services
April Bolding is intimately aware of the transformative changes that birthing brings.
She is deeply committed to helping women birth consciously and successfully, as they define it. She is also committed to helping their partners and families assist them meaningfully. April knows that it can be a difficult decision to invite someone they don't know yet into their sacred birthing space. She honors that and works together with both the mother and the partner to put them at ease and increase their confidence in utilizing a labor assistant so they may reap all the benefits this arrangement has to offer.
I am so grateful to have had April as our birth doula. She was such an integral and dedicated part of the birth process that I have a hard time imagining the experience without her support. April had been our birthing class teacher, and so when a previously contracted doula was no longer available to attend our birth, I knew that April was the person to call. My planned home birth involved a transfer to the hospital, many hours of very close contractions and back labor, and...
Maya Abdominal Therapy and Physical Therapy
Maya Abdominal Therapy
April offers Maya Abdominal Therapy treatments privately by appointment. Often called Maya abdominal massage, the Arvigo Techniques of Maya Abdominal Therapy™ includes massage but it is it broader in scope. It can help clients with fertility, menstruation, pregnancy/postpartum, digestive issues as well as prolapse, incontinence, fibroids, endometriosis and prostate difficulties. Read more...
Women's Health Physical Therapy
April uses an integrative, compassionate approach to help women with issues such as prolapse, incontinence, pelvic pain, pain with intercourse, abdominal pain, pre and post childbirth. Because of her background and special PT training in pregnancy, childbirth and postpartum, as well as in the pelvic bowl and abdomen, her goal is to provide physical therapy to as many pregnant and post-birth mothers as possible. This hard-working population is under-referred and under-served as a whole. In other developed countries, it is a given that a woman be seen by a physiotherapist during this time. Women undergo tremendous change on all levels within the childbearing year and their bodies need specialized attention to prepare for and rehabilitate from the Olympic event of pregnancy and childbirth. Read more below for a list of pregnancy and postpartum complaints that can be relieved with physical therapy.
In terms of pelvic floor issues, clients of all ages tend to wait to get treatment until symptoms become unbearable. Don't let this be you or those you know! The incidence of urinary incontinence experienced by women is 10-30% in this country. This is a common issue that frequently worsens and impacts what activities people feel they can do. Urinary leakage with sneezing or vigorous activity is called stress incontinence and can be eliminated with education and treatment.
"Post-partum, I played the waiting game. Six weeks, six months, sixteen months. I regained significant (bladder) control but sneezing was an issue and running wasn't an option. Finally I saw a urologist who recommended surgery. It scared me enough to finally try physical therapy. I was fortunate to find April. Working with her reduced my anxiety and gave me hope and confidence. I feel physically different after a few short weeks. When I do her prescribed exercises, I can sneeze and run with confidence and continence! Thank you April."
~PT client and Mother of 1 1/2 year old twins, Fall 2011
She welcomes all physical therapy clients to Highline Physical Therapy in West Seattle. Call
206.933.1030 to schedule an appointment or to inquire more. Most insurances accepted.
Childbirth Preparation Classes
April teaches a variety of childbirth preparation classes:
- Private childbirth preparation classes for first-time parents
- Private refresher classes for experienced mothers/couples
- A 7-week birth preparation series for women/couples planning to birth in the home or at a free-standing birth center
April was our guide into parenthood. We met her as our childbirth instructor and asked her to be our doula. We were drawn to her deep level of expertise, her wit and humor, and the evident significance of love, acceptance, and intuition in her life and in her work. From building our birth plan, to sharing clues that labor was on its way, to the actual childbirth and delivery, she was a confident advocate that birth is a celebration and that we would be ready to be parents.
--Jeanne & David, expectant parents in my Great Starts Childbirth Preparation Class and doula clients, Spring 2009
Rainbow Circle - Our Sacred Connections, Our Sacred Stories
Parents, children and family members have a special connection to each other. Sometimes, we have experiences that show us in extraordinary ways just how connected we are. We all have intuition, also called our sixth sense, and we can be very receptive with our loved ones. Whether we are a birth or adoptive parent, we can start tuning in to our children in new ways. We can perceive profound things that seem uncanny to some or to others just normal. I have heard parents say things like "I haven't told anyone because people might think I've lost it" or "It was so subtle, I hardly know if it was real." Sacred Parenthood provides a Rainbow Circle for the sharing of our intuitive experiences with our loved ones. Read them here...