Being Born: The Doula’s Role
by Jewel Hernandez
Illustrated by R. Michael Mithuna
A DOULA SUPPORTS MOM AND THE WHOLE FAMILY WHEN A BABY IS ON THE WAY
This children’s picture book with simple text and soft watercolors explains in friendly terms to kids and parents the role of a doula, a healthcare professional who offers physical and emotional support to a pregnant woman and her family. Research confirms that the support of a doula throughout pregnancy optimizes a womans chances of having a healthier birth experience as well as a healthier newborn. This book celebrates birth as a natural and whole-family experience. Both its text and images present the subject clearly but in child-appropriate language. Its gentle advocacy of a doulas role makes Being Born an invaluable resource for childbirth educators to use with first pregnancies, teenage mothers, and families for whom English is a second language. When read to younger siblings, this book will be a comfort source to those who wonder about all the people involved when mom is having a baby.
No other child-oriented picture-book covers the subject of doulas.
16 full-color illustrations