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Ina May's Guide to Childbirth: Updated with New Material Paperback – Illustrated, 4 March 2003
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Drawing upon her thirty-plus years of experience, Ina May Gaskin, the nation's leading midwife, shares the benefits and joys of natural childbirth by showing women how to trust in the ancient wisdom of their bodies for a healthy and fulfilling birthing experience. Based on the female-centered Midwifery Model of Care, Ina May's Guide to Natural Childbirth gives expectant mothers comprehensive information on everything from the all-important mind-body connection to how to give birth without technological intervention.
Filled with inspiring birth stories and practical advice, this invaluable resource includes: - Reducing the pain of labor without drugs--and the miraculous roles touch and massage play
- What really happens during labor
- Orgasmic birth--making birth pleasurable
- Episiotomy--is it really necessary?
- Common methods of inducing labor--and which to avoid at all costs
- Tips for maximizing your chances of an unmedicated labor and birth
- How to avoid postpartum bleeding--and depression
- The risks of anesthesia and cesareans--what your doctor
doesn't necessarily tell you
- The best ways to work with doctors and/or birth care providers
- How to create a safe, comfortable environment for
birth in any setting, including a hospital
- And much more
Ina May's Guide to Natural Childbirth takes the fear out of childbirth by restoring women's faith in their own natural power to give birth with more ease, less pain, and less medical intervention.
About the Author
- Publisher : Bantam; Illustrated edition (4 March 2003)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 368 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0553381156
- ISBN-13 : 978-0553381153
- Dimensions : 15.19 x 1.91 x 22.61 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: 6,669 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The TLDR version is yes I recommend this book but its not always impartial and reflects the times of its original writing so take it with a grain of salt. Also keep in mind that like most pregnancy & childbirth books out there this is HEAVILY influenced by the disaster that is the US medical system.
The first half of the book is birth stories, most of them seemed to date from the 70's and were well...kinda hippy-ish. I got so annoyed with them and the tree-hugger vibes that I ended up only reading about half the stories then skipping to the second part.
I also did NOT find all of the birth stories to be positive, there's one in particular about a hospital birth (because of course) where the woman experienced a serious and life threatening complication they linked to the use of an IV and as a result her baby later passed away. I found it really upsetting and not all helpful to read that particular story. I had to put the book down and come back to it later.
This is where the book actually became more helpful. The author shares her experience and opinion as a midwife but also backs most of it up with references to scientific research studies, statistics and facts. I liked the step back from the medical lens of some of my other books and feel informed and empowered to make decisions and challenge my OB or medical team if necessary. This book help me come up with a number of questions to ask my OB at my next appointment to suss out his personal policies and those of the hospital where I am delivering.