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Mayo Clinic tips and tricks for pregnancy, birth and more

Julie Lamppa, APRN, CNM Kerry Schwalbach, Certified Birth and Postpartum Doula

  • There are more options for childbirth today than in years past and include birth centers, midwives, doulas and home births.
  • Evidence shows that being well prepared for childbirth is one of the biggest factors in creating a positive birth experience.
  • Just under 4 million babies are born in the United States each year.



Learn how to have an empowered, more joyful birth!

This concise guide to pregnancy and childbirth brings you the expertise of a certified nurse-midwife at Mayo Clinic, and a certified doula. It’s packed with information based on the most current evidence, yet rooted in long-trusted natural methods of caring for laboring women.

With a unique spiral-bound flipbook format, the book’s 100+ bite-sized topics can be perused one page at a time while lying in bed, eating breakfast or riding a stationary bike. The front pages offer the most important information for setting up a satisfying childbirth experience, while the back pages add more empowering details, tricks and medical information.

You’ll also get the messy truth of what to expect postpartum, advice for enjoying the early days with a newborn and more. Obstetricks equips parents with confidence and an expert toolkit as they prepare for the main event — welcoming baby to the world.

2021 • 112 pages • Mayo Clinic Press

Julie Lamppa & Kerry SchwalbachJulie Lamppia, APRN, Certified Nurse-Midwife (CNM) (right)

Dr. Julie’s was a labor and delivery nurse for 15 years before earning a master’s degree in midwifery in 2009. She is a clinical instructor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science and a contributing editor of Mayo Clinic Guide to a Healthy Pregnancy.

Kerry Schwalbach, Certified Labor Doula, Certified Postpartum Doula (left)

Kerry began training as a doula through DONA International in 2008. Kerry’s 20+ years in the wellness field include roles as a health educator, Pilates instructor, and consultant for the development of prenatal media and a family wellness curriculum.

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