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Ina May's Guide to Childbirth (edition 2003)

by Ina May Gaskin

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Title:Ina May's Guide to Childbirth
Authors:Ina May Gaskin
Info:Bantam (2003), Edition: 1, Paperback, 368 pages
Collections:Finished Reading, Your library
Tags:Childbirth, Midwifery

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I managed not to read all of this, but there's no radio button for "put it down unfinished because my wife just had the kid". Very worthwhile for anyone who is either pregnant or plans on getting that way, or whose partner, daughter, sister, friend will go through child birth. She's a bit over the top at times, but a refreshing contrast to the clinical perspective. ( )
  BrianFannin | May 31, 2013 |
this is sort of a part two of spiritual midwifery. what is nice about it is that she includes many more recent stories of births on the farm (including the story of an obstetrician couple who wanted a natural birth. interestingly, they were among the most fearful couples that she has ever worked with) and a pretty thorough description of labor and delivery. it is full of useful information and things that to try in labor that have proved successful for women time after time in her practice. invaluable. ( )
  julierh | Apr 7, 2013 |
There's a lot of really good information here, but it's buried under a ton of anecdata. I skimmed the first 20 or so pages of midwife-assisted birth stories and then skipped the other 95 pages of them. The organization leaves a bit to be desired, with chapters of information on the labor process sandwiched between chapters on the history and future of midwifery.

Still, with under 6 weeks to go, I don't have much time to do more than skim. The parts that are useful are very useful; the parts that weren't were easy enough to flip past. ( )
  librarybrandy | Mar 30, 2013 |
I thought this book was helpful in preparing for labor and birth. It has a certain anti-hospital bias but not to a ridiculous point like other books I have read. Overall it seemed reasonable and empowering. It is good to read stories of happy and successful births and realize how different yet bearable each woman's experience will be. It was full of honest details about birth and gave me many ideas for dealing with it when it comes. ( )
  theonetruesteph | Mar 30, 2013 |
My favorite part of this book was the stories of natural labor, delivery and birth of approximatly two dozen women. The author of this encouraging book is a midwife who was an important part of each story. After reading these stories of women, just like all of us, you will be convinced that you too can give birth naturally.
That being said, I do worry that it might give women who have not been able to have a natural childbirth feelings of guilt. It really glorifies natural birth but all births are something to be proud of. All birth are beautiful, wether in or out of hospitals.
Some of the ways the women deal with pain are very new age and/or plain weird and I did get the impression that there was only one acceptable way to live life...their way...Crunchy Granola, Hippie.
The second half of the book explains with great detail how labor works, what delivery will be like and what to expect from the birth. The author takes the time to go over possible complications and also, what do we not expect when giving birth. Ex. stillbirth.
This is a very thorough book. Especially good for those who are interested in home birth but helpful for all women about to bring another of God,s blessings into this world. ( )
  trikle | Dec 11, 2012 |
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What you need to know to have the best birth experience for you. Drawing upon her thirty-plus years of experience, Ina May Gaskin, the nation’s leading midwife, shares the benefits and joys of natural childbirth by showing women how to trust in the ancient wisdom of their bodies for a healthy and fulfilling birthing experience. Based on the female-centered Midwifery Model of Care, Ina May’s Guide to Natural Childbirth gives expectant mothers comprehensive information on everything from the all-important mind-body connection to how to give birth without technological intervention.

Filled with inspiring birth stories and practical advice, this invaluable resource includes:

• Reducing the pain of labor without drugs--and the miraculous roles touch and massage play
• What really happens during labor
• Orgasmic birth--making birth pleasurable
• Episiotomy--is it really necessary?
• Common methods of inducing labor--and which to avoid at all costs
• Tips for maximizing your chances of an unmedicated labor and birth
• How to avoid postpartum bleeding--and depression
• The risks of anesthesia and cesareans--what your doctor
doesn’t necessarily tell you
• The best ways to work with doctors and/or birth care providers
• How to create a safe, comfortable environment for
birth in any setting, including a hospital
• And much more

Ina May’s Guide to Natural Childbirth takes the fear out of childbirth by restoring women’s faith in their own natural power to give birth with more ease, less pain, and less medical intervention.

(retrieved from Amazon Mon, 30 Sep 2013 14:03:46 -0400)

A leading authority on midwifery offers expectant mothers an alternative to hospital birthing, explaining how to create a mutually supportive relationship among birth-care providers and make informed choices.

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