Books

Heart & Hands: A Midwife’s Guide to Pregnancy & Birth: Newly Revised 5th Edition (2019)

By Elizabeth Davis

For more than three decades, HEART & HANDS has been a beloved guide for both midwives and parents interested in the benefits of midwifery care. Emphasizing physiologic birth, and the art of nonintervention, this newly revised 2019 edition includes valuable hints for mediating pain in labor, supporting newborn physiology, promoting postpartum recovery, with tips on breastfeeding for busy mothers/gestational parents. It also features the latest research on the microbiome, updated lab tests, a dedicated section on fetal heart tone patterns in labor, benefits of laid-back nursing, screening for postpartum depression, guidelines for vaginal birth after cesarean (VBAC), and help for trauma survivors.

Comprehensive and compassionate, HEART & HANDS remains a dog-eared classic for parents, midwives, doulas, and all other birthing helpers.

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Orgasmic Birth: Your Guide to a Safe, Satisfying an Pleasurable Birth Experience

by Elizabeth Davis & Debra Pascali-Bonaro

Based on the hit documentary that inspired a vibrant online community, this innovative approach to birthing shows how to maximize childbirth’s emotional and physical rewards.

ORGASMIC BIRTH helps clarify choices regarding birth—preparation, place, attendants, and practitioner—while identifying those most likely to maximize birth’s ecstatic potential. Keys to maintaining optimal health, tools for working through past traumas, and guidelines for experiencing sexual pleasure in pregnancy and birth are illustrated with candid accounts from women across the globe. Postpartum sexuality is discussed in practical terms, so that the intimacy experienced in birth may continue to nourish mothers/gestational parents and their partners in the months and years to come.

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The Women’s Wheel of Life

by Elizabeth Davis & Carol Leonard

Now in its third edition, THE WOMEN’S WHEEL OF LIFE describes 13 archetypes/stages in the female life cycle and celebrates the special characteristics of each. From Maiden to Lover to Mother to Priestess to Crone, the interplay between archetypes/stages is evident and can help us develop a stronger sense of contentment and self-acceptance at any time of life. Essential reading for everyone, this now-classic text will find a welcome home on the bookshelves of those both young and old.

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RWD 72 9h rgbThe Rhythms of Women’s Desire: How Female Sexuality Unfolds at Every Stage of Life

by Elizabeth Davis

Our sexuality evolves dramatically during over a lifetime. In this book, Elizabeth Davis explores hormones and menstruation, pregnancy and birth, menopause and aging, fertility management through body awareness, and much more. She analyzes controversial hormone replacement therapies and looks at how stress, overwork, major life events, relationship upheaval, and sexual abuse impact sexual health. The book features chapters on sexual awakening, sex in the later years, and up-to-date information on the creativity hormone, oxytocin. Readers will appreciate her warmth and “rare combination of breadth, practicality, strong (though not rigid) opinion, and generous respect for individual experience” (Publishers Weekly).

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