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Mothering Magazine's Having a Baby, Naturally: The Mothering Magazine Guide to Pregnancy and Childbirth Paperback – August 5, 2003

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About the Author

Peggy O?Mara has been the publisher, editor, and owner of Mothering magazine since 1980. A dynamic speaker, she has lectured and conducted workshops on natural family topics in conjunction with organizations such as the Omega Institute, Esalen, La Leche League International, Lamaze International, and Bioneers.

She is the author of Natural Family Living and the editor of Vaccinations: The Issue of Our Times.

Peggy O?Mara is the mother of four children: Lally, 29; Finnie, 27; Bram, 25; and Nora, 21.


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Atria Books; Original edition (August 5, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743439635
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743439633
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 8.5 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #488,347 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Paperback
I received this book as a gift and it has become one of my favorite prenatal books so far. I've read the book cover to cover because it was so extremely interesting and very comprehensive that I couldn't put it down! It covers all the questions I've had as a first-timer in a very thorough way. Even moms who've given birth before can learn alot by all the info provided by this book. Basically the book will discuss a topic such as episiotomies by explaining the history of them and how they originated, what your experience is and what the risks are, in what instances might they occur, how to avoid one (a list of things to do beforehand), and if you do tear naturally what happens next. I like how when it discusses what an Ultrasound is, it not only explains what it is, but how it works, what your experience will be like on the table, how safe it is based on studies available, how useful it is during pregnancy, and when it is unnecessary. This is how the book covers all the topics: in a very thorough way. Other highlights for me were the statistics provided with the supporting info. For example, it will say that you need 27mg of Iron and then will list food choices and serving sizes to achieve that. I love how remedies are always provided for common prenatal concerns such as nausea, poor self-image, labor fears, sexuality, post-partum, etc. The book discusses sexuality and then gives you a list of ideas to help with issues you may be experiencing. It also sprinkles a couple illustrations of stretches or poses that are helpful during pregnancy with directions. I also love the side boxes throughout the book that give little tips like how to squat, aromatherapy, pregnancy affirmations to say each day, natural soothers, etc.Read more ›
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Diehard Mothering readers might think this book is a little too mainstream, but I think it's very valuable for people who are learning about the concept of natural childbirth and evaluating all their options. It gives a detailed analysis of the risks involved with everyday interventions and encourages birthing mothers to be fully informed before submitting to them. It offers suggestions for natural remedies, yoga postures, meditation, and natural comfort measures while in labor, and even mentions that you might use a midwife and birth at home. However, the book also assumes that you might feel more comfortable delivering in a hospital -- without making you feel guilty about that choice. I came away from this book feeling positive about being pregnant, not nervous or worried like after reading "What To Expect...". I think it does a good job of debunking many of today's obstetrical myths and gives new moms courage to ask questions. My first birth was totally natural, in a hospital. I just finished reading this a month into my second pregnancy. It validates the ideas I had the first time around and gives me even more resolve to pursue a drug-free, interventionless birth again.
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Let me start by saying this is not a BAD book. If you are looking for an introduction to Natural Birth, this is a good beginner's guide. HOWEVER ~ having been a reader of Mothering magazine for a number of years, I expected something a bit more earthy, natural, and... well, RADICAL. This book is not it. It does discuss a wealth of topics, and as an alternative to some atrocity like the ridiculous "What to Expect..." guides, this is great, and I encourage you to read it ~ as a jumping off point for something a bit more Natural, like "Prenatal Yoga and Natural Childbirth," by Jeannine Parvati Baker.

I walked away from this book disappointed, and with the distinct suspicion that Peggy O'Mara watered down her views simply to appeal to a wider audience.
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i'm almost through reading this and i have to say, i'm very disappointed. this is not what i expected from Mothering magazine at all.
it strikes me as only a slightly more natural approach than What to Expect When You're Expecting... still a good resource, but not as natural or alternative as i wanted or expected.
in the siblings section, it advises that siblings should be allowed to hold the newborn immediately. nope, sorry, not going to do it ~ immediately after birth (and the hours following) are, for me, strictly mama-baby bonding time. *nobody* will be holding my new sprite but me, unless there's an emergency. i'm not going to hand her off to my nearly-4-year-old son to hold just so *he* can bond with her and to lower the risk of sibling rivalry... there are better alternatives than this.
in the nutrition section, it relies on the USDA food guide pyramid ~ as a Mothering reader, i'm suprised the nutrition guidelines weren't based on something far healthier, such as the traditional Meditteranean diet.
in the childbirth section, every single illustration showing how the baby comes out of the mother depicts the mother laying down almost on her back, despite the repeated assertions that women should deliver their babies in an upright position. there is also no mention of unassisted childbirth, even though many women now are choosing to have their babies unassisted.
these are just the biggest issues i have with it (so far anyway). i plan to re-read it anyway to see if i'm taking too much out of context but, for my impression upon reading it once through... i have to say, i wouldn't recommend it.
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