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Special Delivery Paperback – November 1, 1995

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For parents-to-be who are considering home birth, Special Delivery is an excellent resource. Written by midwife Rahima Baldwin Dancy in the '70s and updated in 1986, this book covers the benefits of home births; gives details on how to have a home birth, including pregnancy preparations; and coaches participants on specific ways they can help the mother. The easy-to-comprehend-in-the-middle-of-a-crisis details on what can go wrong, what to do, and when to bring the mother to the hospital are outstanding. The flavor and photographs of Special Delivery are a bit outdated, but the information is still vital and very helpful.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 169 pages
  • Publisher: Celestial Arts; 1 edition (November 1, 1979)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0890879346
  • ISBN-13: 978-0890879344
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 8.6 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #471,220 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By "thmom" on October 20, 2001
Format: Paperback
I used this book to help educate myself and my husband for an unassited home delivery. It discusses homebirth with a midwife as well as hospital birth and the various aspects of both. How to take responsiblity for your birth and make sure that you have the birth experience you deserve. It goes over all aspects of birth from emotional to physical and how to prepare yourself for the optimum experience. The book throughly discusses the actuall birth and what to expect. It even covers breech birth and how a breech baby can be born vaginally. I would highly recommend this book to anyone serious about thier birth experience.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Lisa A. Forester on November 28, 1999
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I use this book to teach my childbirth classes and the couples always end up buying the book to keep. I teach couples that are birthing at the hospital and at home. Both find the information very useful and readable. I trained to be a midwife with the author-she is one of the most kind, gentle and wise women I know.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 30, 1999
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While the content of this book spans all common birth locations from hospitals to home, it really focuses on educating thoroughly and taking responsibility for your own birth experience. Includes lots of good tips on labor management and is very helpful for those considering home birth.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 14, 1997
Format: Paperback
I highly recommend this book to those who are either
pregnant or considering pregnancy. Although the book was
written with home birth parents in mind, it also makes an
excellent resource for parents who are hospital-bound and
want to be informed of their options. Ms. Baldwin covers
topics such as the history of birthing practices, the safety
of planned homebirth, pregnancy nutrition, and choices in
prenatal care. She also provides excellent information on
the spirituality of pregnancy and birth, complications and
emergencies, tools for labor, and the postpartum period. If
you are looking for something to supplement "What To Expect"
this book is it.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 10, 1998
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This book is extremely informative and even life-saving!! I recommend this book to every homebirth couple to read and read and read again!:)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By "blueflyfire" on June 27, 2001
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Great book to read and especially helpful in the last three months! this book helped me have a drug-free, natural, empowered birth experience!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Honorbright on September 3, 2011
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I loved Ina May Gaskin's classic "Spiritual Midwifery" and always will be grateful to her for her ongoing work in childbirth education, but for my own two homebirths I felt far more prepared after reading Rahima Baldwin's book. While supporting the spirit her book also has a lot of spine: she takes a clear look at possible complications and how they're handled. I was very grateful to have a hard-working team of midwives and doulas assisting with my second home birth, involving as it did eleven days of off-and-on back labor with a posterior presentation---their support was vital to my survival of that challenge, and a hospital and OB by contrast would have had me on the C-section table two weeks before what ended up being a wonderful, trouble-free vaginal delivery once the midwives got that big baby turned. I would not have wanted to try that birth unassisted. But no matter how you end up actually delivering your baby and what sorts of support you may end up needing, Special Delivery can help you face the possibilities confident and well-informed.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Lisa A. Forester on June 10, 2002
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I use this book when teaching my childbirth classes. Excellent information presented in plain english. There is a video, too. Rahima is a gentle spirit and a fantastic teacher.
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