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Advice From a Pregnant Obstetrician: An Inside Guide Paperback – May 1, 1998
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What this is, is a book written by an obstetrician for women who are seeing traditional obstetricians and are planning on delivering in the hospital. So right off the bat you know she is not going to give information on homebirthing or off hospital site birth centers- those are not her areas of practice. She does not give the usual generic run down on all your laboring options- you can get that in practically any book out there- including the book Pregnancies for Dummies. What her book is intended to do is to give you her advice based on what she has seen over the years of practicing in the field of obstetrics and her personal recommendations in the areas of childbirth and pregnancy. What she does do is give a you a reassuring discussion on what you can expect if you choose an obstetrician and hospital birth. I especially found her discussions on prenatal testing to be helpful and her discussions on induction, c-section and labor pain meds are biased, she lets you know that, but reassuring. Yes, anyone who has read up on the epidural has probably been scared out of their wits by the "natural birthing" community- yet nationally, 70% of women delivering vaginally in the US will have an epidural in labor. And nearly all having a c-section will have an epidural or spinal. So perhaps she decided to give her own slant. For all her liberal use of induction and epidural, she has a lower than national average c-section rate- about 10% lower.
What I don't understand are the women who are all riled up over this book. I personally, was glad to see a pregnancy book that was not just another generic month to month type book- but gave a real opinion. I am glad to see that someone is not afraid to give their opinion on the epidural in the face of all the anti-epidural, go all-natural birthing climate that is out there. If I had read a book written by a midwife who does homebirths, I would not be shocked and horrified because her bias leans toward homebirth and few interventions. I think it is good to get all the views and sides of the discussion, espeically in a first pregnancy when the bias of those you know can frighten you and knowing all sides can help you firm up your options on your own. So yes, I recommend this book as one that should be in your pregnancy/birth library- but not the only one.
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