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Your Best Birth: Know All Your Options, Discover the Natural Choices, and Take Back the Birth Experience Hardcover – Bargain Price, May 1, 2009
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I must say at a first skim through the preface and various chapters of this book, I immediately got turned off. At first blush, the book seemingly has a heavy focus on Natural Vaginal Births and that is a very sour subject for me, a woman who delivered each of her THREE children via C-SECTIONS. For a long time, I used to feel inadequate about not having given birth the "natural" way as God intended, if you will. I even used to get a rush of jealousy when I would hear of a friend who had a birth without medical surgical intervention. I belabor the point, but I did not think I'd come away from the book feeling good at all.
Well, I decided to give the book a chance anyway and, I was pleasantly surprised to discover that I actually liked it and would recommend it!
Ricki and Abby use a very conversational, down to earth tone and language to provide a matter of fact, real perspective of their personal experiences and the experiences of other women. They explain, without too much medical terminology and jargon, what a mother-to-be can expect during the birthing process. In any event, Your Best Birth is all about knowing your options and decoding the language of the hospital. The authors take the time to interpret some of the reasons hospitals give mothers for making their decisions. It is a useful resource even for that discussion alone, because it is a very stressful time during labor and who has time to psychoanalyze what's being said at that very moment? Getting educated on some of these issues in advance is crucial.
Demystifying the "Hollywood" portrayal of Birth
The book opens with summaries of Ricki and Abby's birthing experiences with their children.Read more ›
If you would like to take this further, I would also recommend the following: DVDs: Pregnant in America, Orgasmic Birth and The Business of Being Born - all 3 dvds are available on Netflix. Ina May Gaskin's The Guide to Childbirth still remains the most powerful and amazing book re. preparation for labor. The first half is taken up with positive birthing stories - it helps you to start to move away from the ER scenes of 'scary' labor that we are all brain washed with and move towards a more gentle, magical way of viewing giving birth. It really is true that if you put in the preparation (physical and mental) you can have an amazing experience - it doesn't need to be something to fear and dread.
I'll bet that she will soon be adding Your Best Birth, by Ricki Lake and Abby Epstein, to that list.
Ricki Lake and Abby Epstein's film The Business of Being Born has been called the "Inconvenient Truth" of birth. Their new book, Your Best Birth, continues in that spirit - enlightening, advocating, and trying to "take back" birth for mothers and families.
Your Best Birth is devoted to helping mothers "explore the full spectrum of choices you have in giving birth." The authors define a "best birth" as "one where you feel empowered because you know all your options and are confident in the decisions you have made about your birth." They state, "we believe that you can place the health and well-being of your newborn as your highest priority and still have an optimal, empowering experience that is right for you both - whether that is in your bed, in your bathtub, in a hospital room, or on an operating table."
Ricki and Abby talk frankly about the current record high c-section and induction rates, the disappearing VBAC, and describe what a typical hospital birth looks like now. They share their own birth stories and the stories of a number of celebrities along the way, as well as profiles of some well known birthing pioneers. I'm very pleased that they include a chapter on sexual abuse survivors and birth, and Ricki even shares her own story of abuse and its connection to her experience of motherhood. I found many of the birth stories very moving.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great book that all moms-to-be must read. Women need to know they have options aside from the conventional medical industry. Read morePublished 17 days ago by Kenny
Good information in the book for people who want the more natural approach. There were definitely good questions that I will ask my doctor but the stories were redundant if you... Read morePublished 20 days ago by Allison
It was a good book to read in the middle of the night when I couldn't sleep. You might want to read this before you get pregnant.Published 3 months ago by Stephanie
One great book all the birth stories have helped me prepare for birth. Only a few weeks a way but these stories are encouraging. Read morePublished 6 months ago by CYPA
This book had a lot of good information, and I'm glad I read it... though I feel like it scared me more about a hospital birth than I should have been. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Erin
Couldn't even get through this book because it made me feel so guilty and terrible for having my baby at the hospital. Read morePublished 15 months ago by LadyWilliams
I was hoping for a more middle-of-the-road look at labor and delivery, but was unfortunately given a hard-line "this is why you absolutely need to do this our way" kind of... Read morePublished 16 months ago by Jen