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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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Product Details

  • Paperback: 280 pages
  • Publisher: Seal Press; 1 edition (January 1, 2007)
  • ISBN-10: 1580051537
  • ASIN: B001G8WL8Y
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 5.5 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,896,470 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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What I like about this book is that it spells out the different options for childbirth in a modern world. It is a broad, simple overview for someone just starting to think about her choices. That is about the only thing I liked about this book. The author spends way too much time dealing with concerns over how your childbirth choice will be viewed by others (relatives, friends, other mothers, even strangers). Although I realize that other people's concerns and criticisms can impact our decisions, is this really the basis for making such a personal and mometous decision? After all, no matter what path you choose, it is ultimately your own body. I also noticed that the author somehow links veganism and home-birth advocates in a negative light, such as the following statement on page 54, which describes people who chose to have a home birth: "And while these women did not fit the vegan, hippie stereotypes I had imagined, there definitely was a noncomformist vibe to the group." Later in the book (page 150) she claims that mothers who chose to have epidurals (the author includes herself in this group) view health concerns over the possible side effects the drugs may have on the baby "in the same category with vaccination alarmists and radical veganism." For a book that claims to be judgment-free and supportive of all women's reproductive choices, I guess anyone with vaccination concerns, or god forbid, a vegan, might be kind of left out in the cold.
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.
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My wife and I are expecting twins this spring so we both read Marisa Cohen's book and found it extremely informative and engagingly written. There's really nothing else like it out there. And now I even know what a post-partum doula is! I will be miles ahead of all the other fathers-to-be at child birth class. Whatever decision my wife makes for her delivery, Ms. Cohen has given us the real scoop on all the available options, from all-natural home birth to elective C-section, and everything in between.
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I just finished this book, and I absolutely loved it. I plan on recommending it to every pregnant woman I know. This book gives the reader insider and outsider views of each delivery option while balancing the seriousness of the topic with lightheartedness. It is written informally, so you get to see the original and changed opinions of the writer, the views of women who delivered each way, and the views of women who had never experienced the delivery choice.

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.
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Having worked with childbearing women for over 20 years, I was unpleasantly surprised by the entire tenor of this book. It had an abundance of whining and drama, making me think most of what was written was designed to sell the book, not instruct or gain perspective. An example: the author notes how her membranes ruptured "after the creme brulee was cleared", how she walked the halls in early labor showing off her "fashionable new leopard print slippers to the nurses". Her bedridden medicalized labor and birth was justified by her description of early labor as 'a rusty knife' twisting into her back, In the next sentence she notes that her husband fell asleep during all of this. Research has clearly documented the myriad of benefits of physical labor support to women. Apparently she had none. In her case, the full complement of medications, machines and immobility early on in her labor was probably welcomed as a way of coping alone.
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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