Book Reviews

Penny Stansfield’s engaging “Labors of Love: A Doula’s Birth Stories” will inspire and educate readers with its wide variety of birth accounts, all kinds of “everyday miracles.” You’ll feel as if you were there yourself. What a wonderful way to learn what birth is REALLY like! This is a must-read for expectant parents, doulas, and maternity care providers.
Penny Simkin, PT, Author of The Birth Partner: A Complete Guide to Childbirth for Dads, Doulas, and All Other Birth Companions
Insightful, powerful and inspiring! Penny's storytelling provides a view into the most intimate moments in a woman's life. Feel a doula's nurturing presence. Understand first-hand the many benefits of having a doula. Penny's stories will educate and prepare you to welcome your baby with confidence and power.
Debra Pascali-Bonaro, LCCE, CD(DONA) Director Orgasmic Birth: The Best-Kept Secret Co-Author Orgasmic Birth: Your Guide to a Safe, Satisfying and Pleasurable Birth Experience DONA Approved Doula Trainer Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator
This compendium of birth stories told from the perspective of a birth doula weaves a rich tapestry of diverse and unique experiences women and their families have while laboring and giving birth. In this book the modest and unassuming role of the birth doula is brilliantly illuminated for the first time. One senses story by story, the calming and reassuring presence that Penny provided at every one of these births as she tells the stories of the true heroes, the birthing women. Thank you, Penny, for sharing these heartwarming stories of labor and love, but most importantly, for the invaluable work that you do supporting women and their families when they are at their most vulnerable.
Laurie Stephen DONA Certified Birth Doula DONA Approved Birth Doula Trainer Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator Fellow in the American College of Childbirth Educators