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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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I really wish I'd had this book when I was pregnant with my first child - it could have saved us a lot of heartache. We had a very difficult delivery with serious complications. I feel that if we had read this book beforehand it wouldn't have been as scary and we would have had the information we needed to make the right decisions for us.
This is the book I buy for all of my pregnant girlfriends the minute they tell me they are expecting!
One unique feature this book has is a wonderful chapter on why OB/GYN physicians do what they do. It is explained in detail how the training of an OB is medical in nature, that they are trained to look for and solve medical problems and that they are surgeons by training. This was the only book that really explains in detail why a midwife and an OB have different attitudes toward pregnancy (a medical event vs. a normal life process for a woman). The authors don't doctor-bash, but are very clear about why things happen the way they do in a hospital setting and/or with an OB as the health care provider.
For those interested in home birth, it is discussed and cited as the most safe for both mother and baby, and the references are there (for anyone who doubts that issue).
This book was so full of good information that I ended up highlighting many passages, which I usually never do (as I want to keep my books clean). To get the birth that one desires, one must know much of this information before beginning care with a health care provider. I urge anyone considering pregnancy to research the childbirth issue in the beginning. The chapter on controlling the progress of labor and pain relief is very enlightening and should be mandatory reading for all pregnant women. In the end I realized that we have to advocate for our own healthcare, by choosing a provider whom we trust and who shares the same concepts on pregnancy, labor and delivery. This book covers topics such as what your options for birth are, different types of health care providers, different types of birth settings, OB training and belief system, how to find a provider, questions to ask your provider and hospital, cesareans: why they are popular and when are they medically necessary?, getting support, the nurses role, childbirth support, doulas, and the woman's emotions. The overall tone of the book is positive and "matter of fact".
Oh, and in the end I had the birth I wanted, a normal birth in a hospital setting, with no interventions at all, attended by my midwife, my doula, my husband, and I delivered a healthy 11 lb. 11 oz. baby boy!
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