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Deliver This!: Make the Childbirth Choice That's Right for You . . . No Matter What Everyone Else Thinks Paperback – Bargain Price, January 1, 2007
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This book is marketed as a book that is about each person finding the best choice for herself (as the back cover reassures the reader). Don't fall for it. The author uses reductionism and generalizations about a whole group of people to get her point across. If you are vegetarian/ vegan/ holistic / a yogi / a noncomformist / concerned about vaccines / a hippie / a thinker - this book should come with a label: warning, this book may offend you.
Most of all, I believe the author wants women to understand that no matter what choice you make, if you make the choice to meet your (the mother, the partner/family, and the baby) needs to the best of your ability, then it is right choice no matter what TV/movies, your mother-in-law/sister/aunt, or nosy neighbor says. This book showed me birthing options that I previously considered "wrong" and gave me insight in how they may be wrong for me, but might be just right for another woman and her baby.
Don't expect to set this book down and have a birth plan. I still haven't made my delivery choice, but I do feel much more in control of my options than I did before reading the book. The list of questions to ask yourself to help discover your delivery needs (at the end of the book) is also excellent.
Even if you are dead-set on giving birth one way, you should read this book. At the least, it may help women quit being so judgmental on this topic. It may also mentally prepare you to plan for the unexpected. Who knows when the woman expecting the C-section will deliver naturally on the way to the hospital or the woman expecting the home birth will need a C-section.
To be fair, other birth stories are presented, however the pithy tone of the book tried too hard to be clever (unsuccessfully) and was draining to read page after page. Other books cover birth options with more depth and most importantly, with more research based documentation.
No doubt, all labors are different, what women need during childbirth can be different (though there are some universal needs), and women cope with childbirth in different ways. However, all ways of coping are not equal, and just saying that routine application of birth technology is just the same for women as birth with technology only as indicated will not make it so. Money would be better spent buying another book if one is seeking to be informed about childbirth choices.
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I'm one of the "extreme" women Cohen profiles in the book (I had both my kids at home). And I found Deliver This refreshing. Read morePublished on October 19, 2011 by Heather Caliri
The book was in great condition for being used and it got to me quite quickly. I liked being able to preview it so thoroughly online before buying it.Published on April 22, 2011 by baby number 1
This was the first, and only, book I found on birthing choices that was non-judgmental. I don't care what you think about my birthing choice, I just want to know the facts. Read morePublished on November 7, 2009 by Diane
I ordered this book on the advice of a friend who read it while she was pregnant. Before I read it, she told me she had an idea of which birthing experience she thought I'd... Read morePublished on September 7, 2008 by Jessica Morrow
I'll say it upfront - I've never had children - so I can't review this book within that context. However, as a woman of childbearing age who's begun to do some research into... Read morePublished on July 17, 2008 by alena_taug
I'm 27 weeks pregnant with my first child, and in the last few months I read a lot about anything that has to do with pregnancy and child-bearing, but I stayed away from reading... Read morePublished on May 9, 2008 by mental health worker
I bought this book when I was starting to think about and plan for labor. It does a great job reinforcing that a successful birth is one that results in a healthy baby. Read morePublished on June 18, 2007 by New mom
Confused when friends tell you to "..just get the epidural as soon as you can.." while others are ecstatic over their "orgasmic" natural births? Read morePublished on April 30, 2007 by K. James
I'm not even expecting, but I thought this book was a great read. My husband and I are at the point of figuring out when to have a child, and a friend loaned us Marisa Cohen's... Read morePublished on February 6, 2007 by K. Gim