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The Birth Book: Everything You Need to Know to Have a Safe and Satisfying Birth (Sears Parenting Library) Paperback – February 1, 1994
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In The Birth Book: Everything You Need to Know to Have a Safe and Satisfying Birth, William and Martha Sears, authors of The Baby Book and creators of the concept of "attachment parenting," here turn their attention to the birth experience. In this helpful resource guide, the Searses cover the gamut of possibilities, and teach readers what they need to know to take control of their own birthings. The Birth Book is divided into three parts: "Preparing for Birth," "Easing Pain in Labor," and "Experiencing Birth." You'll find details about vaginal births; cesareans; VBACs; water births; home births; best birthing positions; drugs; pain; how to design your own birth plan; the humor, chemistry, and sexuality of birth; and pages and pages of birth stories.
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This guide will do more for new parents than a pacifier will for a newborn. It is a comprehensive, soothing work which will ease the fears and anxieties that explode during a pregnancy, especially during the last trimester. The Searses ( The Baby Book )--he a pediatrician and professor at the University of Southern California's School of Medicine; she a childbirth and labor expert--are themselves the parents of eight children. They explain clearly and reassuringly the array of options available to pregnant couples, from what to consider when selecting a birthing team and environment and how technology can be a mixed blessing during pregnancy to having a VDAC (a vaginal delivery after having had a Caesarean birth). The book's philosophy is that delivering a baby is often an event that parents are more caught up with than the end-product--the baby. But the book offers more than philosophy. It gives men practical advice on how to survive the changes, both emotional and physical, that arrive with impending parenthood. There are quick-reference charts on the medical tests commonly ordered by physicians during pregnancy, contraction timing and the stages of labor. The final chapter is devoted to 14 birth stories which illustrate how labor and delivery are different for each woman. While no two experiences are alike, all illustrate the importance of making conscious choices about the birth of one's child.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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My husband and I are very high-tech people, but I skew a bit "crunchy" or hippie when it comes to medicine, just because I've seen in my own experience with a food allergy that Western medicine is amazing, but crazy interventions are not always necessary and modern doctors are trained to think they are. So, from family recommendations, my husband and I took a Bradley Method birth class, and I was very pleased with the outlook and overview; basically, that the female body was made to be able to successfully give birth, and medical interventions should be a much rarer thing than they are in most Western birth experiences.
However, while the Bradley class was very helpful, I looked for additional books to help me get prepared and, almost more importantly, *feel* prepared, because as most natural childbirths promoters mention, tension and fear only increase pain. This book has been the most helpful read so far. It has practical advice, lots of different options, and useful birth stories with comments at the end to give different scenarios.
If you're interested in natural childbirth, or if you're just wanting a reasonable introduction to why natural childbirth could be a good option for you, this is an excellent resource.