Chapter 3: Birth and the Newborn

Why learn about childbirth and the newborn?

A mother lying in a hospital bed looking at her newborn baby

Because, babies! What comes to your mind when you think about a woman giving birth? Some may describe it as beautiful, a miracle, and a rite of passage. Others may think of pain, fear, and discomfort. Labor and delivery is not an easy feat. It is called labor after all because it is a lot of work!

What you’ll learn to do: describe approaches to childbirth and the labor and delivery process

In this section, you’ll learn more about the various approaches to childbirth as well as the actual birth process. Next, we will examine the risks and complications associated with newborns. We conclude with a consideration of how the mother’s body and mind change following birth and an examination of the science behind breastfeeding.


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