The Water Birth Book

The Water Birth Book, by Janet Balaskas, from Thorsons/Element, ISBN 0007108176. Balaskas, a pioneer and innovator in the field of childbirth and maternity care, has taken the core of her original classic work and added new medical and anecdotal information to produce an indispensable handbook for parents and midwives. She offers detailed information and advice, covering the history of birth in water; when to choose water birth over other birth choices; how to prepare for water birth using hospital facilities or renting a pool; the psychological benefits of water birth, and much more.