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Creating Your Birth Plan: The Definitive Guide to a Safe and Empowering Birth Paperback – Bargain Price, June 6, 2006
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Stephanie Gunning is an author, editor, and publishing consultant specializing in books on health, spirituality, and personal growth. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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The author gives women the voice that they need to be heard in the delivery room, by giving them statistically-based information on when interventions are not necessary (but why they are often forced on us), and also explains the situations in which they could be necessary.
Things such as "failure to progress" (hospitals watch the clock!), routine IVs, why episiotomies should NOT be done (think of how hard it is to rip fabric, and then of how easy it is to rip after you've made a small cut!), electronic fetal monitoring (a stethoscope is just as good... and why!)... He discusses all of these things in an easy-to-understand manner.
He also talks about the differences between midwives & doctors, the importance of doulas, and also the difference between home births with midwives and hospital births with midwives (very big difference!), as well as discusses the option of a midwife-centered birth clinic which has been growing in popularity over the years.
There is also information on the 3 stages of labour, and techniques to successfully manage each of them, including various positions and styles (squatting, birthing stool, waterbirth, and more).
The author headed up many research studies into the effects of evidence-based labour/delivery care, as opposed to "common practice care" and compiled this knowledge in a fascinating book that should be a must-read for all expecting moms and their birth partners.
Even (especially!) if you are planning a hospital birth, as I am, it is worth reading because it goes through each medical procedure ("intervention") and its benefits and risks. This made clear how one intervention can "cascade" to more, but also made clear the circumstances in which I might want certain interventions. It highlighted certain danger areas where an overly cautious caregiver might hook you up with more interventions than you want, but it didn't have a full rebuttal to how to deal with that (perhaps there is none). I thought that demanding a second opinion was not very useful because wouldn't someone else with rights at the same institution just back up the original opinion?
It also has thorough lists of questions to ask a potential provider (OB or midwife or doula) or location (hospital or birth center). The one caveat I would add is that most hospitals in the U.S., at least not where I live, will give the "right" answers to all of Dr.Read more ›
My only complaint about the book relates the the chapter on pain management. As it's laid out, the only two options you have are 1) completely natural (position, hypnosis, aromatherapy, etc.) or 2) an epidural. I would have liked to see a little more information about other drug options. More than just that, "they are not in common use anymore."
As a soon-to-be first-time mother, I've looked to my own mother's experiences for guidance. She had 4 healthy vaginal births (all over 8 pounds, one over 10 pounds) without epidurals. However, she swears by the "wonderful" drugs she was given. She doesn't remember the name but only that it was administered through an injection in her hip.
So for me, even if the author advises against drugs for pain management, I would have appreciated some discussion of her reasons why as well as the relative flaws and merits of the non-natural alternatives to an epidural that are available.
But other than this omission (and likely I'm in the minority here), it is a very nicely written book with a lot of helpful information.
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An essential for future parents. My Bradley teacher recommend this book and it's full of great information I highly recommend it as well.Published on May 5, 2013 by art
This book lays out all your options for whichever type of birth you choose. It explains all of the options that you will have available if you have a hospital birth and gives you... Read morePublished on April 13, 2013 by Amazon Customer
With the prevalent public and medical attitude that promotes epidurals, hospital births, and interventions, I was looking for something that offered another perspective without... Read morePublished on March 5, 2010 by J. Andar
I checked this book out from the library and found it so valuable that I'm going to purchase a copy to bring with me to the hospital. Read morePublished on February 16, 2010 by Kristin
This is a great book-the information is simple and straightforward, easy to understand. I got it from the library but then bought my own copy so I could refer back to it... Read morePublished on June 22, 2009 by KK2009
While this book did have a lot of valuable information, especially for women who want a birth with as little intervention as possible (myself included) there was way too much... Read morePublished on March 18, 2009 by Ruth C. Potter
I can't say enough good things about this book! When I found out I was pregnant, I didn't know the first thing about birth! I had not planned to have a baby. Read morePublished on January 3, 2009 by Terie Biggs-Greenan
I read this book and instantly had the facts that I needed to talk to my OBGYN and family members about the risks of medical births. It was great! Read morePublished on September 10, 2008 by Jennie L. Thornton
I purchased this book after seeing Marsden Wagner in the documentary "The Business of Being Born" (another eye-opener, let me tell you). Read morePublished on September 3, 2008 by Dallas Mom