This book is a wake-up call to American women. The information contained in it is shocking. For any woman who has gone to the hospital, putting herself in the hands of the doctors, and walked away with a terrible birth experience, this book is important. For any woman, or partner of a mother to be this book will help you make informed choices about one of the most profound experiences of your life. After reading this book, and several others-including Ina May Gaskin's Guide to Childbirth-I choose to have a homebirth. Which was a beautiful, and empowering experience. Very different from my hospital experience. Well-written and scientifically based.