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Nurse, midwife, and founder of the Global Maternal/Child Health Association (GMCHA), Harper offers her addition to the growing number of alternative childbirth books (e.g., Catherine M. Pool & Elizabeth A. Parr, Choosing a Nurse-Midwife, LJ 5/1/94). Considering GMCHA's focus on water birth, it is not surprising that the major strength of Gentle Birth Choices is its thorough coverage of this birthing technique as an option. Unlike many other alternative birth guides, Harper's book is well documented, citing many well-recognized medical journals. A special plus is one of the appendixes, "Procedures and Protocols for Hydrotherapy for Labor and Birth," and the book also contains a large section of resources. Much of the information not specific to water birth can be found in other works. A nice addition to larger women's health collections but otherwise optional.
KellyJo Houtz Griffin, Harrison Memorial Hosp., Bremerton, Wash.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Believe it or not, birth resulting from a normal pregnancy needn't take place in a hospital. Harper explains why birthing centers and home births, along with other "gentle birth choices," are beneficial to both mother and baby. With a foreword by Robbie Davis Floyd, who wrote Birth as an American Rite of Passage (1992), Gentle Birth Choices also features a history of how childbirth came to be so technological and blasts myths such as why fetal monitors save babies (they don't, very often). Harper also discusses giving birth in water and explores the connection of mind and body during labor and birth. She stresses the importance of midwives for a more natural and satisfying experience. Well illustrated with photos by acclaimed birth photographer Suzanne Arms and containing a first-rate resource section, Gentle Birth Choices provides an excellent alternative to mainstream birth books. Jo Peer-Haas --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Editorial Reviews
Excellent book! Absolutely changed my mind about the birth choices I had made - but not in a condemning way. Rather empowering. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Andrea Gaylor
Some of the books I looked at purchasing on this topic were very one-sided in perspective... which can be good or bad, depending on what you're looking for. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Sophic Wife
I really hope this book gets updated!! It has a lot of great information. It also has some outdated information and some misinformation. Read morePublished 6 months ago by earthmama
This book gave me necessary information to work with my clients.Published 7 months ago by Faye P. Graham
If I'd recommend one book on birth this would be it. It covers a lot including waterbirth. She has a thorough and thoughtful perspective.Published 8 months ago by Charis123
Are you currently pregnant? Then is a must have. This book with help guide you to make informed decisions about your birth!Published 8 months ago by Michelle Craig
I should have read this before gifting it but it was so highly recommended that I threw caution to the wind. Read morePublished 18 months ago by K. Franklin
I live in a country that doesn't have midwives or home births. even though I don't have that option and my .Dr. Read morePublished 19 months ago by hajeh