This book is an excellent self-learning guide for the Lamaze Method. Elizabeth Bing talks you and your partner through a six lesson childbirth class. With detailed instructions, a friendly voice, and illustrating photos of several couples learning together, it's an excellent guide. She teaches relaxation, breathing exercises and other things about dealing with pain that you'll likely never hear from your doctor or midwife. When I was pregnant with my third child, I read this book, and followed the lessons. I couldn't believe how different the birth turned out.