Praeclarus Press Celebrates World Doula Month with the Release of, Keep Mothers and Babies Together: The Story of Dr. John Kennell

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Dr. John Kennell dedicated his life to improving childbirth experiences for women in the United States, and helped launch a revolution in birthing communities by placing signifcant value on the role of birth doulas. In a March 2014 statement focused on the prevention of primary cesarean sections, the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists officially recognized the benefits of doula-assisted childbirth.

Keeping Mothers and Babies Together: The Story of Dr. John Kennell

Keeping Mothers and Babies Together: The Story of Dr. John Kennell

“Is it possible that we have discarded or overlooked treasures of evolutionary wisdom for human development in the rush of progress?”

May is recognized as World Doula Month and Praeclarus Press is proud to announce the release of Keep Mothers and Babies Together: the Story of John Kennell by Karen Olness, MD and Carolyn Myers, PhD. Dr. Kennel was a revolutionary in the field of neonatology and pediatrics, and his work is responsible for changing hospital-based practices for families in hospital birth-settings.

Keep Mothers and Babies Together is the first biography of John Kennell, MD. With his long-time friend and colleague, Dr. Marshall Klaus, he changed the way mothers and babies were treated in the hospital. Dr. Kennell and his colleagues were the first to allow mothers to stay with their hospitalized premature babies, and conducted the initial studies on mother-infant bonding. The research they published launched the doula movement in the U.S. and around the world. The influence of Kennell's work can be seen today in statements such as the 2014 acknowledgment of the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists regarding the value of doulas in the prevention of primary cesarean sections, as well the White Ribbon Alliance's Universal Rights of Childbearing Women Charter.

Dr. Kennell, Professor Emeritus of Pediatrics at Case Western Reserve University's School of Medicine and Rainbow Babies & Children's Hospital, passed away in August 2013. World-renowned pediatrician and colleague, Dr. T. Berry Brazelton spoke of him, "The passion which is generated and builds up in the nine months of pregnancy deserves to be enhanced and celebrated by a successful and psychologically healthy delivery to enhance the attachment between the parents and their infant, as well as between themselves. [The work of Kennell and Klaus] has been a beacon of light and hope for families who are under more stress than they can handle in our present world." Keep Mothers and Babies Together shares great insight into the life of a person who helped effect widespread change for countless families.

Keep Mothers and Babies Together is available now for purchase in the Praeclarus Press webstore. Enjoy a special Mother's Day discount valid May 10 - 15th, 2015, use code PPMD2015 to save 15% off entire order. Also available on the topic of childbirth and doulas: The Gentle Art of Newborn Family Care by Salle Webber, and Birth Ambassadors: Doulas and the Re-emergence of Woman-Supported Birth in America by Chrisitine Morton, PhD and Elayne Clift, MA.

Karen Olness, MD is Professor Emerita of Pediatrics, Global Health and Diseases at Case Western Reserve University and board certified in developmental behavioral pediatrics. She has worked in resource poor areas of the world over a 50 year period with a focus on helping children in disasters. John Kennell and she worked together for 24 years.

Carolyn Myers, PhD served in the Peace Corps in Thailand. There she spent a most rewarding time in the Health Sciences in the beautiful northern city of Chiang Mai. With her doctorate in biochemistry she subsequently joined the busy Division of Pediatric Pharmacology and Critical Care at Rainbow Babies and Childrens Hospital in Cleveland Ohio. She was part of the research laboratory providing both analyses for the team investigating the pharmacology, efficacy and safety of medicines given to children and for providing laboratory experience for Critical Care Fellows. She also played a similar role at the University of Virginia, Charlottesville for two years. Following retirement Carolyn joined Karen Olness and Mary Hellerstein in completing the preparation of the biography of Dr. John Kennell.

Praeclarus Press is a small press founded by Kathleen Kendall-Tackett, PhD, IBCLC, FAPA, that specializes in women’s health. It features books, webinars, and products that support women's health throughout their lifespan. Based in Amarillo, Texas, the mission of Praeclarus Press is to produce materials that change women’s lives.

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