I could carry on and on about how wonderful the book is, so I will try to give you a concise review. Her writing style is down to earth, humorous and accessable. In the end I had my baby two days ago , I think this hysteria about hospitals did ultimately help me. And when it comes to giving birth, I don't know if you can know what to truly expect until you are in the situation. The second part is informational and describes the biological process more.
I read this book with a caveat: read the second section first, then the first section. It is heavily biased toward home birth, midwifery, and natural birthing. It really gave me courage to welcome and joyfully if a little nervously anticipate the birth of my daughter in March of 2005. And if one more person tells me how great the Moosewood Cookbook is, I will heave a bag of whole grain flour at her. Going into it with that specific plan is great, but I think women need to realize it doesn't always work out this way. I choose the lighter side and have the discipline to keep it up.
I guess that's no So, as far as useful information goes, this book pretty much said the same thing as , except without the same amount of research backing it up. The Creator is not a careless mechanic. Ina Ma My daughter's birth was amazing. The first half of the book is a collection of amazing and inspiring birth stories. Despite what I expected, this isn't really me. These stories are all from the 1970s so I felt like I was reading a history book since I am so far removed from that age group.
In the case of Ina May, I'm a little embarrassed that the whole thing kind of makes my blood run cold. The bliss of ignorance in this case could really do you harm. So much of what I read just made me more scared even though I tried to avoid the triggering stuff, the loss stories, the bad outcomes. Labor was not painful-- it was too big for that. Ina May's Guide to Childbirth is skewed toward natural childbirth and can get a little culty, especially all the stories about The Farm, but I found the information in the second part of the book really helpful even when planning for a hospit Don't be scared away by the hippy-dippiness of this book. Maybe I should have resisted medical interventions for longer.
I will continue to read the birth stories, though I only needed a dozen of them or so before I wanted to hear what she actually had to say this may partially be because I am a male reader who's brain learns slightly differrent that the target audience. If not, just skip and read Part 2. There are very few books that are absolutely essential for the pregnant woman. Her direct teaching and the stories will help me technically assist my partner, though she doesn't teach about pregnancy and childbirth as much as she provides research, opinion, experience, and statistics to argue that the common medical model for childbirth is poorly developed. My fear of hospital delivery wound up being productive, and I was extremely lucky to have exactly the birth experience I wanted, because I stayed home until the last possible minute and literally arrived at the hospital at the moment that I had to push.
I think the point is absolutely right: be nice to pregnant women. The science cited here, along with hospital procedures generally, is pretty outdated, which works nicely for the book's preferred method of persuasion: scare tactics. Not only did this book help me let go of some of the fears I had about childbirth, but it gave practical information on how to labor. I wasn't sure what to expect from this book. The Ina May Guide To Childbirth Review A third of this book contains real natural birth stories from mothers like you and me. Any book that lessens the fear with reliable information about the birthing process is valuable. That said, though, there are perfectly valid reasons why some of us do give birth in hospitals, and not all hospital births are the nightmare that natural childbirth books make them out to be.
Which is still better than bleeding to death. Ina May's birthing experiences are invaluable. These chapters are all excellent and well-researched. She was reacting against condescending doctors and straps and ether and a lack of choice or voice. What you need to know to have the best birth experience for you.
What an intimate and lovely way to bring a child into the world. This book is a must if you are thinking about having your child naturally. Ina May Gaskin explains-- birth is normal. Maybe I was too old. Finally, for those who might want to read this book on the subway like me , be forewarned that there are some pretty graphic photos of childbirthing in this section.
Yet, I also knew that there was no way I wanted a home birth, and because of my insurance coverage, it would be cheaper for me to give birth in a hospital rather than a birthing center. What you need to know to have the best birth experience for you. The science cited here, along with hospital procedures generally, is pretty outdated, which works nicely for the book's preferred method of persuasion: scare tactics. I am grateful that this book exists. Sometimes they teach us about silly practices once widely held that were finally discarded. I should reread now that I'm in a position to play.
The doctor was nice, but he was rough. 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? Because they've seen it all. After having an antibody scare myself and following women who deal with anti-D antibodies during pregnancy, the few sentences she had on sensitization were not enough to fully understand the risky and potentially heartbreaking future pregnancies of those who are sensitized. I urge everyone to look into this book. I thought it was especially unfair to claim that Dr.