Podcast 043: Penny Simkin on the Birth Parter: A Guide for Dads, Doulas and Labor Companions

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Our guest on this episode of “Healthy Births, Happy Babies” is Penny Simkin, a physical therapist, educator and doula who has specialized in childbirth education and labor support since 1968 and the author of “The Birth Partner: A Complete Guide to Childbirth for Dads, Doulas, and All Other Labor Companions”.

In this episode, we will cover:

  1. what 48 years of childbirth education has taught her when it comes to dealing with soon-to-be parents when labor starts
  2. why a doula is so important for both the woman and the birth parter (and the baby)
  3. what her book, “The Birth Partner” covers and how it can help the birth process go smoother

Resources mentioned in the conversation:

About Penny Simkin:

Penny Simkin, PT, is a physical therapist who has specialized in childbirth education and labor support since 1968.

She estimates she has prepared over 14,000 women, couples, and siblings for childbirth. She is author or co-author of books for both parents and professionals, including “The Birth Partner: A Complete Guide to Childbirth for Dads, Doulas, and All Other Labor Companions”.

Penny and her husband, Peter, have four grown children and eight grandchildren from 11 to 28 years of age, two grandchildren-in-laws, and a pug, Lola.

About the Author

Dr. Jay Warren has been a prenatal and pediatric chiropractor for 17 years. He is also the Wellness Care Coordinator at the CAP Wellness Center in San Diego, CA where 90% of his practice is pregnant or postpartum women and babies under one year old. Dr. Jay is a proud member of the ICPA and APPPAH (the Association or Pre and Perinatal Psychology and Health) and the host of the podcast “Healthy Births, Happy Babies” in iTunes. His online program, “Connecting with Baby” guides pregnant women through processes to strengthen maternal bonding for a happier pregnancy, gentler birth and easier post-partum experience. Dr. Jay is also the proud father of his 3 year old son, Niko who keeps him very busy (and happy) outside of the office.