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A Good Birth, A Safe Birth: Choosing and Having the Childbirth Experience You Want Paperback – September 16, 1992
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This book is great! Thorough, sensible, and extremely well organized, these knowledgeable authors cover topics of pregnancy, labor, birth, and postpartum care for mother and child in an accessible, very easy-to-follow format. (The Doula)
The authors present clear-headed information on everything from finding a birth attendant to questions for the hospital to understanding your feelings about it all. -- New Age Sourcebook
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A Good Birth, A Safe Birth covers the pros and cons of todays childbirth options and helps the expectant mother plan each stage of her pregnancy and delivery. It offers tips on how to find the right doctor-and how to avoid the wrong one. It explores the various childbirth environments, including hospital, birthing center, and home. It tells expectant parents how to ensure that their wishes will be followed. The benefits and drawbacks of medications and painkillers are also discussed, so that a mother can decide before her delivery which, if any, medications are right for her. A Good Birth, A Safe Birthenables the mother to regain control of her birth experience.
A Good Birth, A Safe Birth is one of the top birth preparation books. Every woman should read it. A lot of women speak through this book. A lot of womens lives will be changed by reading it. -Peggy OMara, Publisher of Mothering Magazine
A most important book. One of the few books every woman should read during her pregnancy. -Marshall Klaus, M.D., co-author of Parent-Infant Bonding and of The Amazing Newborn
"I wish it were possible to assign this book to be read by every woman prior to conception or in early pregnancy. -John H. Kennell, M.D., co-author of Bonding: The Beginnings of Parent-Infant Attachment
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The authors claim that interventions by doctors (all sorts of pain medications, inducing labor, episiotomy, and especially caesarean sections) only make childbirth more dangerous for both mother and baby. This seems highly dubious to me, because far more women and babies died during childbirth before these techniques were invented. They back up all their conclusions by citing scientific studies, but neither of them is a scientist, a doctor, a nurse, a public health specialist, an epidemiologist, or a midwife, so I doubt they really have the qualification to do the kind of scientific analysis of birth technologies that they claim to be doing, and I strongly suspect them of cherry-picking studies that support their ideological convictions and ignoring evidence to the contrary.
In addition, a book written in 1992 about childbirth choices is likely to be completely outdated for women giving birth in the age of Damaged Care, I mean Managed Care. To give you a hint of the problem, while the authors mention HMOs, they feel the need to define the term. The health care world has changed, and many of the options they describe may not be options any more.
In fact the reason we came to amazon.com today was to order some more copies to hand out to our friends.
Most people know more about choices to make when buying a car than they do when having a baby. Let's
face it, which is more important! This book gives you information that will enable you to make the
best birth choices for your family. It details the choices that you can and should make BEFORE your baby's birth.
If you're already reading "What to Expect When You're Expecting"
that's great, but go one step further and find out what to expect during birth.
"controversies" in birth today. Some of the topics included are: monitoring,
cesarean, episiotomy, VBAC, doulas, and much more. They offer
practical advice about how to get information you need to make an
informed decision. A must read!
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