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Ina May's Guide to Childbirth: Updated With New Material

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I think this book really does aim to give women information and strategies for a positive natural childbirth experience, and it is an unintended consequence (perhaps not even stemming from the book itself, but from other media sources and the natural childbirth movement at large) that women like me end up feeling like our non-natural birth experiences are tainted or less-than, or that we have failed as women and mothers, because we needed a little extra help. The book makes the assumption that a pregnant woman will feel more comfortable and cared for in the company of other women because her wishes will be respected. Gaskin’s center is noted for its low rates of intervention, morbidity and mortality despite the inclusion of many vaginally delivered breeches, twin and grand multiparas. While these are certainly useful as illustrative examples of how it all goes down, they tend to get rather repetitive and could certainly stand to be scaled back a bit. I've yet to find a really wonderful pregnancy, childbirth or parenting book that is objective and firmly in the middle ground.

So take some of the comments with a grain of salt because Ina May is talking from her experience which is outside the hospital and from her experiences on the Farm. I just let them come as fast as they wanted to, knowing that would help the birth happen without delay. As long as readers don't lose sight of that, and start viewing doctors as the enemy and medical intervention as failures, this book contains a lot of useful information. While I agree that it is best to have an uncomplicated, natural vaginal birth, it doesn't always happen that way.The science cited here, along with hospital procedures generally, is pretty outdated, which works nicely for the book's preferred method of persuasion: scare tactics.

For more details, please consult the latest information provided by Royal Mail's International Incident Bulletin.Perhaps the most striking and compelling examples come from studies of childbirthing in modern Scandinavia.

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