The Thinking Woman's Guide to A Better Birth

The Thinking Woman's Guide to A Better Birth

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As an intelligent woman, you are probably used to learning as much as you can before making major decisions. But when it comes to one of the most important decisions of your life--how you will give birth--it is hard to gather accurate, unbiased information. Surprisingly, much of the research does not support common medical opinion and practice.

Birth activist Henci Goer gives clear, concise information based on the latest medical studies. The Thinking Woman's Guide to a Better Birth helps you compare and contrast your various options and shows you how to avoid unnecessary procedures, drugs, restrictions, and tests. The book covers:

Cesareans Breech babies Inducing labor Electronic Fetal Monitoring Rupturing Membranes Coping with slow labor Pain medication Epistiotomy Vaginal birth after a Ceasarean Doulas Deciding on a doctor or midwife Choosing where to have your baby and much more . . .
Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Berkley Pub. Group, 1999.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780399525179
0399525173
Branch Call Number: 618.4 GOER
Characteristics: xv, 367 p. : ill. ; 23 cm.

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tmaffey06
Mar 23, 2018

This book confirmed everything I had already been reading and researching about the labor and delivery process as well as the risks and dangers of common hospital protocols and procedures conventionally trained obstetricians regularly use during labor and delivery, often without thought to whether the procedure is actually medically necessary, much less beneficial to mother or baby. What was especially helpful about this book was that the author provides background information as to the how and why these protocols and procedures were developed, if there are any benefits associated, and then of course what the risks are and consequences might be. Though perhaps biased, her views were well supported and in alignment with (in my opinion) the best expert in the field of childbirth, Ina May Gaskin. If you're expecting, Ina May's Guide to Childbirth is a must-read. Period.

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amandaselene
Dec 11, 2017

I liked this book, and it does have a disclaimer near the beginning that it is somewhat opinion based. For this reason, I preferred Expecting Better by Emily Oster which focuses more on science rather than opinion.

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