- Paperback: 288 pages
- Publisher: Bantam; 4 Rev Sub edition (January 1, 1996)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0553375563
- ISBN-13: 978-0553375565
- Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.8 x 8.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (88 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #878,508 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Husband-Coached Childbirth : The Bradley Method of Natural Childbirth Paperback – January 1, 1996
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Epidurals are NOT the instruments if torture they used to be so don't let his stuff on that scare you into natural child birth. If you do want natural child birth, for whatever reason, I highly recommend this book and the one written by his nurse Susan McCutcheon. Hers has more details on the method. It is a must-read! I ordered it and got it in on my due date. My husband and I read it cover to cover that night (watch out - lots of photographs!) and I'm so glad we did. Dr. Bradley's book was helpful. Susan's book was invaluable! If you can't get both, get hers.
I think his method is the best natural child birth method. I really do. I don't agree with his reasons for choosing natural.
From this book I was most helped by his understanding of what a laboring woman needs.
The book was an extra for us to read in the evenings. I'll be honest it was mostly me reading and giving my husband he highlights. However, it's a good read and helped to shed some light on questions we had.
My mom had a horrible labor when she gave birth to me. I expected a simlar ordeal when I had my daughter. I thought for sure that I would need drugs, because if women who had drugs told me how bad the pain was it must be awful without them. When I read this book it made me feel that labor might not be so bad after all. My husband and I took the bradley classes and by the end felt educated and confident about the birthing process. I had my daughter naturally 20 days ago with no intervention. My mom was present and was amazed at how well the birth went. I am recommending this book to all my pregnant friends.
I did not end up doing the natural method. A scene from the movie, Knocked Up, scared me about 3 weeks before due date, so I opted for the epidural.
My epidural did not take however, so I was very happy that I had some preparation with this book. The mentality described gives you confidence, inner strength and peace about going natural when everyone tells you to get the meds.
On my next birth, I will not waste time or money on epidurals or medicine. It does interfere with the experience as a whole. I'll just read this book again to get my mindset ready. No need for classes now.