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Deliver This!: Make the Childbirth Choice That's Right for You . . . No Matter What Everyone Else Thinks Paperback – Bargain Price, January 1, 2007


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 280 pages
  • Publisher: Seal Press; 1 edition (January 1, 2007)
  • ISBN-10: 1580051537
  • ASIN: B001G8WL8Y
  • Product Dimensions: 7.3 x 5.5 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,447,686 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

After 15 years in the magazine biz, working as an editor at Glamour, Elle, Time Out New York, and Seventeen, I became a freelancer in 2001. You can read my stuff in Self, Redbook, Parents, American Baby, Fit Pregnancy, Conceive, Prevention, Fitness, etc. Deliver This! is my first book.

Customer Reviews

I'm not even expecting, but I thought this book was a great read.
K. Gim
I had been reading books on natural child birth and so many of them seem to have the bias that a medicated birth or a C-section is a lesser experience.
New mom
The author does try to make it light and funny at times which I guess could offend some.
Diane

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Ruby Sarkos on September 8, 2008
Format: Paperback
What I like about this book is that it spells out the different options for childbirth in a modern world. It is a broad, simple overview for someone just starting to think about her choices. That is about the only thing I liked about this book. The author spends way too much time dealing with concerns over how your childbirth choice will be viewed by others (relatives, friends, other mothers, even strangers). Although I realize that other people's concerns and criticisms can impact our decisions, is this really the basis for making such a personal and mometous decision? After all, no matter what path you choose, it is ultimately your own body. I also noticed that the author somehow links veganism and home-birth advocates in a negative light, such as the following statement on page 54, which describes people who chose to have a home birth: "And while these women did not fit the vegan, hippie stereotypes I had imagined, there definitely was a noncomformist vibe to the group." Later in the book (page 150) she claims that mothers who chose to have epidurals (the author includes herself in this group) view health concerns over the possible side effects the drugs may have on the baby "in the same category with vaccination alarmists and radical veganism." For a book that claims to be judgment-free and supportive of all women's reproductive choices, I guess anyone with vaccination concerns, or god forbid, a vegan, might be kind of left out in the cold.
This book is marketed as a book that is about each person finding the best choice for herself (as the back cover reassures the reader). Don't fall for it. The author uses reductionism and generalizations about a whole group of people to get her point across. If you are vegetarian/ vegan/ holistic / a yogi / a noncomformist / concerned about vaccines / a hippie / a thinker - this book should come with a label: warning, this book may offend you.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By brooklyn trolley dodger on January 11, 2007
Format: Paperback
My wife and I are expecting twins this spring so we both read Marisa Cohen's book and found it extremely informative and engagingly written. There's really nothing else like it out there. And now I even know what a post-partum doula is! I will be miles ahead of all the other fathers-to-be at child birth class. Whatever decision my wife makes for her delivery, Ms. Cohen has given us the real scoop on all the available options, from all-natural home birth to elective C-section, and everything in between.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By K. Gim on February 6, 2007
Format: Paperback
I'm not even expecting, but I thought this book was a great read. My husband and I are at the point of figuring out when to have a child, and a friend loaned us Marisa Cohen's book, "Deliver This." It sure opened my eyes to the world of birthing! I had no idea how many options were out there, and it was interesting to read from all different perspectives. I also enjoyed the writing of Marisa Cohen -- easy to read, easy to relate to. The closer we get to deciding when to have a child, I'm going to re-read this book.
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15 of 20 people found the following review helpful By R. Jorde on January 15, 2008
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Having worked with childbearing women for over 20 years, I was unpleasantly surprised by the entire tenor of this book. It had an abundance of whining and drama, making me think most of what was written was designed to sell the book, not instruct or gain perspective. An example: the author notes how her membranes ruptured "after the creme brulee was cleared", how she walked the halls in early labor showing off her "fashionable new leopard print slippers to the nurses". Her bedridden medicalized labor and birth was justified by her description of early labor as 'a rusty knife' twisting into her back, In the next sentence she notes that her husband fell asleep during all of this. Research has clearly documented the myriad of benefits of physical labor support to women. Apparently she had none. In her case, the full complement of medications, machines and immobility early on in her labor was probably welcomed as a way of coping alone.
To be fair, other birth stories are presented, however the pithy tone of the book tried too hard to be clever (unsuccessfully) and was draining to read page after page. Other books cover birth options with more depth and most importantly, with more research based documentation.
No doubt, all labors are different, what women need during childbirth can be different (though there are some universal needs), and women cope with childbirth in different ways. However, all ways of coping are not equal, and just saying that routine application of birth technology is just the same for women as birth with technology only as indicated will not make it so. Money would be better spent buying another book if one is seeking to be informed about childbirth choices.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By K. James on April 30, 2007
Format: Paperback
Confused when friends tell you to "..just get the epidural as soon as you can.." while others are ecstatic over their "orgasmic" natural births? This book helps you sort out your options by using witty, judgement-free story telling as well as examining how and why women make the choices they make. Deliver This! is the perfect example of presuming that every woman is smart enough to follow her heart, gather the information or stories she needs to make her decision, and then decide what is best for her and her family. Marisa Cohen is an excellent writer and is able to take a values and judgement-laden topic and deliver her information without, well, values and judgement. Nice wit and humor as well. Fabulous!
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