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A well-cared-for baby is a baby whose mother is taking care of herself. Put simply: good mother care Is good baby care.  That's the core of the Fourth Trimester concept. In recent years doctors, nurses, midwives, and others involved in providing baby care have adopted this vital concept enthusiastically. The Fourth Trimester emphasizes that how a mother takes care of herse A well-cared-for baby is a baby whose mother is taking care of herself. Put simply: good mother care Is good baby care.  That's the core of the Fourth Trimester concept. In recent years doctors, nurses, midwives, and others involved in providing baby care have adopted this vital concept enthusiastically. The Fourth Trimester emphasizes that how a mother takes care of herself in the first three months of a new baby’s life brings crucial benefits for her, for her baby, and for her partner and family. With this important new book, moms (as well as their partners and other caregivers, whether lay or professional) now have the resources to have an ideal Fourth Trimester experience. Cynthia Gabriel, a doula and the author of the best-selling book Natural Hospital Birth, delivers all the information, guidance, and encouragement new mothers need to take care of their bodies, minds, and spirits during the vital months of the Fourth Trimester—so that they feel their best and so their babies have the best possible chance to thrive.   “The Fourth Trimester Companion is the ultimate guide for any new family. Cynthia Gabriel provides accurate and up-to-date information that will prepare you for what happens after you give birth and will leave you feeling inspired and empowered to start your family in health and joy. This book truly is a masterpiece for new families today.”  --Ana Paula Markel, president-elect, DONA International (formerly Doulas of North America), and founder of Bini Birth, Los Angeles “This book is born from Cynthia Gabriel's incredible expertise. As a medical anthropologist, an educator, a doula, and a mother of three, Cynthia guides us through the early months of infancy and early parenting not only from a place of knowledge and experience, but also with exquisite sensitivity, compassion, and practicality.” --Lesley Everest, doula and doula trainer, MotherWit, Montreal   “How can such a delicate and tiny being as a newborn take so much space in the house and in your heart? This book will gently take you by the hand and walk beside you. Like a good friend it will not judge, but it will offer support with the questions you have and some you might not even know were coming.  It is both practical and deep.  It will help you feel and say, ‘I can do this.’” --Kim John Payne, M.Ed., author of Simplicity Parenting and The Soul of Discipline  


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A well-cared-for baby is a baby whose mother is taking care of herself. Put simply: good mother care Is good baby care.  That's the core of the Fourth Trimester concept. In recent years doctors, nurses, midwives, and others involved in providing baby care have adopted this vital concept enthusiastically. The Fourth Trimester emphasizes that how a mother takes care of herse A well-cared-for baby is a baby whose mother is taking care of herself. Put simply: good mother care Is good baby care.  That's the core of the Fourth Trimester concept. In recent years doctors, nurses, midwives, and others involved in providing baby care have adopted this vital concept enthusiastically. The Fourth Trimester emphasizes that how a mother takes care of herself in the first three months of a new baby’s life brings crucial benefits for her, for her baby, and for her partner and family. With this important new book, moms (as well as their partners and other caregivers, whether lay or professional) now have the resources to have an ideal Fourth Trimester experience. Cynthia Gabriel, a doula and the author of the best-selling book Natural Hospital Birth, delivers all the information, guidance, and encouragement new mothers need to take care of their bodies, minds, and spirits during the vital months of the Fourth Trimester—so that they feel their best and so their babies have the best possible chance to thrive.   “The Fourth Trimester Companion is the ultimate guide for any new family. Cynthia Gabriel provides accurate and up-to-date information that will prepare you for what happens after you give birth and will leave you feeling inspired and empowered to start your family in health and joy. This book truly is a masterpiece for new families today.”  --Ana Paula Markel, president-elect, DONA International (formerly Doulas of North America), and founder of Bini Birth, Los Angeles “This book is born from Cynthia Gabriel's incredible expertise. As a medical anthropologist, an educator, a doula, and a mother of three, Cynthia guides us through the early months of infancy and early parenting not only from a place of knowledge and experience, but also with exquisite sensitivity, compassion, and practicality.” --Lesley Everest, doula and doula trainer, MotherWit, Montreal   “How can such a delicate and tiny being as a newborn take so much space in the house and in your heart? This book will gently take you by the hand and walk beside you. Like a good friend it will not judge, but it will offer support with the questions you have and some you might not even know were coming.  It is both practical and deep.  It will help you feel and say, ‘I can do this.’” --Kim John Payne, M.Ed., author of Simplicity Parenting and The Soul of Discipline  

30 review for The Fourth Trimester Companion: How to Take Care of Your Body, Mind, and Family as You Welcome Your New Baby

  1. 4 out of 5

    Janet

    I received a DIGITAL Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. From the publisher Simply put, a well-cared-for baby is a baby whose mother is taking good care of herself. While that might seem obvious, for years the overwhelming emphasis in the weeks and months after birth has been on the baby only. The growing evidence that maternal self-care is critically important for the baby's well-being has led to the rise in popularity of the "fourth trimester" conce I received a DIGITAL Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. From the publisher Simply put, a well-cared-for baby is a baby whose mother is taking good care of herself. While that might seem obvious, for years the overwhelming emphasis in the weeks and months after birth has been on the baby only. The growing evidence that maternal self-care is critically important for the baby's well-being has led to the rise in popularity of the "fourth trimester" concept--among doctors and other helping professionals, in the media, and among new moms and dads. Cynthia Gabriel, a doula and the author of the best-selling book Natural Hospital Birth, delivers all the information, guidance, and encouragement new mothers need to take care of their bodies, minds, and spirits after childbirth so that their babies have the best possible chance to thrive Beyond mom's own self-care, Gabriel covers the ways moms can rebuild and strengthen their relationships with their spouses or other partners, as well as with the baby's siblings, grandparents, and other relatives--not only because these relationships are important to her own well-being but also because these are the other people who surround and care for the new baby. It's nice to see a "baby book" that does not just focus on the baby! Some of the suggestions seemed really weird to me (licking your own nipples for healthy bacteria?) but that is just my personal opinion. Well researched and easy to read, this book should have been written decades ago!!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Christy

    The Fourth Trimester Companion is an excellent resource for prospective or new parents that heavily emphasizes the concept that taking care of mum will result in well cared for baby. This might seem like a very obvious statement, but in both the medical field and the home, the emphasis is still on the baby, leaving women feeling like incubators and then carers. This can in turn affect both physical and mental health. It also talks about the relationship between the parents, which I think is supe The Fourth Trimester Companion is an excellent resource for prospective or new parents that heavily emphasizes the concept that taking care of mum will result in well cared for baby. This might seem like a very obvious statement, but in both the medical field and the home, the emphasis is still on the baby, leaving women feeling like incubators and then carers. This can in turn affect both physical and mental health. It also talks about the relationship between the parents, which I think is super important. Having children is a massive strain on a relationship, and one a lot of people sweep under the rug. Remembering that you're an individual, a couple, and a set of parents, is so important. All of these things need care and attention but it can be very hard to focus on that in the moment when you're running on 2 hours of sleep and the baby is crying again. This book has good information, emotional support, practical ways to focus on self-care, and doesn't require you to feel like a super hero to achieve it's aims. A great guide to how to look after yourself post partum.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Christine

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Like in her previous book, the author writes in a no-nonsense and informative tone. The author also gives good tips on everything related to the first 3 months postpartum. The author is also encouraging and positive throughout the book.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Rachel

    This is such a great book. I am just about to enter my "fourth trimester", and I think the way this book explains some of the emotions and practical aspects of the first few months of a parenting a newborn is so reassuring and helpful. This is such a great book. I am just about to enter my "fourth trimester", and I think the way this book explains some of the emotions and practical aspects of the first few months of a parenting a newborn is so reassuring and helpful.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Danielle Robertson

    Informative but not as engaging as some other parenting books. I liked the first half but got a little bored of reading it when I got to the latter chapters on how your relationships change with a new baby. I would recommend it for the chapter what to expect the first week/month with a new baby.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Alicia

    Very handy book for new moms.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Cherie

    How to take care of yourself postpartum. Wish I read this before Lil was born.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    Excellent and insightful! I will be recommending his book to friends and family and doula clients.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Amelia

    Too many references to chiropractic treatments for me.

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