The 5th edition of Pregnancy, Childbirth and the Newborn by Simkin, Whalley, Keppler, Durham and Bolding was released in 2016.  This edition has the latest medical information, including an updated discussion on nutrition and fitness during pregnancy, new information on complementary medicine approaches, updated research-based information on interventions during childbirth, revised statistics and discussion on cesarean birth and vaginal birth after cesarean (VBAC), an extensive discussion on informed decision-making, plus much more.  Every section of the book has been revised, updated and expanded.  We've even added the PCNGuide companion website.

It covers all aspects of childbearing, from conception through early infancy.  It tells you what to expect during pregnancy, birth, and the postpartum period, and how you can work with you caregiver to make childbirth an enjoyable and healthy experience. 


Pregnancy, Childbirth and the Newborn is the ultimate guide to all aspects of birthing.  This book is a must for all pregnant women and those who love them!
--Christiane Northrup, MD, Author of Women's Bodies, Women's Wisdom and The Wisdom of Menopause

Women can only make informed choices when they are able to get comprehensive information on the many decisions that come up during pregnancy, labor, birth and the postpartum period.  This book provides such information. 
I heartily recommend it to all pregnant women!

--Ina May Gaskin, Author of Spiritual Midwifery and Ina May's Guide to Childbirth

This is childbirth book is written by a collective of women for women. April contributed to two chapters: Preparing for Childbirth and Coping with Labor Pain. An excerpt from Coping with Labor pain chapter is here. On page 3 of the book, you can find a list of Informed Choice questions that April and Great Starts contributed to the book.

On April 27, 2008, Judy Norsigian, executive director of OBOS, joined Seattle-area childbirth advocates and birth book contributors at the University Bookstore in Seattle to celebrate the release of Our Bodies, Ourselves: Pregnancy and Birth. alt

Seattle contributors are (left to right): Toni Weschler, April Bolding, Judy Norsigian, Penny Simkin, Janelle Taylor, Christine Morton. Other contributors not present: Heidi Raykeil, Caitlin Rothermel and Ann Keppler.