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Product Details

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Plume (February 27, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0452287685
  • ISBN-13: 978-0452287686
  • Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 0.8 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (64 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #59,282 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Not only thorough, but written in a warm, coaching style, which makes for easy reading.... Highly recommended. -- Library Journal

About the Author

Erica Lyon has been teaching new and expectant mothers about childbirth and early childcare for over a decade. Prior to founding the Realbirth Center in 2003, she was the education coordinator and administrative supervisor at the Elizabeth Seton Childbearing Center, and served as president of the Childbirth Education Association of Metro New York for four years.

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Customer Reviews

I feel so much more prepared after reading this book.
Nicole
I have read this book, Ina May's Guide to Childbirth, and Ricki Lake's Your Best Birth.
Charlotte
This was a great book- extremely well-written, very informative, and funny too!
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Charlotte on August 22, 2010
Format: Paperback
I have read this book, Ina May's Guide to Childbirth, and Ricki Lake's Your Best Birth. I am 32 weeks pregnant and will be delivering in a hospital. Frankly, I have grown weary and tired of childbirth books with an agenda. The Big Book of Birth is the only one of these three that doesn't politicize birth. Ina May's Guide and Your Best Birth made me afraid of what I might encounter in the hospital. The Big Book of Birth conveys even more information, without instilling fear. There are many instances where the authors say things like "The pros and cons of this intervention are X,Y, and Z. If this happens to you, guess what, you'll still have a beautiful baby to hold at the end!"

I highly recommend the Big Book of Birth, especially if your plan is to deliver in a hospital.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Mother of Two on May 26, 2010
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I have never written a review about anything, but this book is so awesome! Being pregnant with my first child and as a registered nurse I felt I had a lot of understanding of pregnancy and labor and delivery. Also, I prepared myself for becoming a mom by reading a book on pregnancy and taking a child birth class through my local hospital. However, my labor and delivery did not go as planned and I felt soooo disappointed at how things went.

When I got pregnant the second time I knew I wanted things to go differently. I realized I needed to be much more informed. I realized that nine months of pregnancy pretty much boils down to the labor and delivery, and that that was where I needed to focus and prepare myself. With baby number one I was not prepared for the unexpected, and that is why I decided to read this book before having baby number two. If only I had known I had different options other than what my provider gave me, I could have made a couple simple choices about my care that would have made things so much better that first time around.

In this book Erica unveils the pain of child birth (she also talks about several other fears many mothers have) in a way that made me no longer fear, but rather gave me an understanding of child birth pain. Her detailed description of the entire process of labor and delivery empowered me, giving me the strength to believe that I could have that all natural childbirth I'd been dreaming of. She lets you know all the possible variables that can be encountered during the labor and delivery and what your choices are. The birth of my second child was that all natural childbirth I'd been dreaming of... I made the choices in my care, I used the tools she taught me to deal with the pain of labor and it was awesome.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By I. G. Botello on June 24, 2009
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The author describes every aspect of birth, from early labor, to pushing, to c-sections, in a very objective manner. Some of the other books I had read were very biased and judgmental on women who choose c-sections over vaginal deliveries, or who chose epidurals. Not here, the author lets you make up your own mind about what is best for you, while informing you of all the pros and cons of everything. This book is a must read for pregnant women who want to make informed decisions at the time of their delivery.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mother of 8 on July 8, 2008
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This book is excellent! It has all the information that you need for the birth of your baby. I'm preparing for my 3rd child, and I wish I could have read this book during my other 2 pregnancies. This book is very useful, espically if you are not planning on taking a child birth class. After reading this book I feel much more prepared than I did before (even after birthing 2 other kids!) Very well written, an easy read, no medical jargon, plus its not boring! It also doesn't have the graphic pictures in it, unlike majority of birthing books. I recommend this book to any soon-to-be-mother!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Stephanie L. Marusa on July 22, 2008
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This book is absolutely amazing. I am pregnant with my first child. My doula service recommended this book. It is modern, easy to read, realistic, will give you some laughs & is extremely informative. I am grateful for this modern book that empowers women to feel good about the ability to give birth.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Brooklynmom on February 21, 2014
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It is very hard to find a good book on labor that presents the facts without being overtly biased towards the "natural" birth movement; however this book does a really good job of presenting the facts of labor without choosing sides. I looked for a long time to find a book that presented labor from a hospital perspective without being full of hearsay and fear tactics and this is the book! Erica Lyon does a great job explaining what will happen during the different stages of labor and what your different options are in terms of pain management, etc. I feel like it was written for smart women who want the facts and I will be re-reading it for our second child coming soon.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By New mom on September 22, 2007
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I really enjoyed this book. It gave me so much information regarding managing pain naturally, various pain medications (and their side effects), and natural and surgical birth. The author does seem to favor natural childbirth, and after reading the book, you probably will, too. However, she does present LOADS of instances when it is necessary/good to take advantage of medical advances, and many stories of women who had all different types of birth are included. If you're at all interested in learning about natural childbirth (or why it might not work out and what might happen, if so), I HIGHLY recommend the book.
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