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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
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Tags:Childbirth, Midwifery

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Clear and concisely written guide to natural childbirth wriiten by the well known midwife and one of the founders of the birthing commune in Tennessee known as "The Farm." It is a must read for any woman embarking on natural childbirth. ( )
  Mootastic1 | Jan 15, 2016 |
This book is very heavy on self-promotion for Ina May's community's birth center, but it's very informative about natural birth and the comparative risks involved in medicated birth. ( )
  estherfm | Dec 7, 2015 |
Great book - a real eye opener & terrific reference manual for childbirth! ( )
  nattso78 | Mar 11, 2015 |
This is such a thoughtful, informative book regarding natural childbirth. Midwife Ina May Gaskin holds a masters degree in English and it is evident in her writing. Her thoughts stem from more than 40 years of experience attending births and highlight the stark difference between the traditional medical framework that obstetricians work within to assist women in delivering their babies and those who practice true natural childbirth. Arguably the most astounding section of her book is the statistics from 2,028 births that she has assisted. The difference between these statistics and typical hospital statistics are jaw-dropping to say the least, and left me knowing beyond a shadow of a doubt that a natural birth is not only possible, but also healthier for both mother and baby. Truly this is a must-read for every woman who is pregnant or who ever plans to become pregnant and every person who will assist in a woman's labor and/or delivery. ( )
  JoannaRuth | Jan 23, 2015 |
The midwife lent me a whole stack of books (and is always pushing me to take more), but so far the only one I've read cover-to-cover is this one. And I'm wishing I'd read this before I had Jefferson.

Roughly the first half of this book is birth stories. Almost all of them are midwife-assisted births at The Farm, a village/commune in Tennessee, mostly just in homes without a lot of special equipment. Very few of the births had to be transported to the hospital, though those are represented as well. The stories are testament to what a calm and experienced birth assistant, a trust in the power of a woman's body, and the natural process of birth itself can do -- even when the mother gets temporarily hung up by fear, even with extremely large babies, and even with some fairly troublesome complications.

The second half of the book is a collection of essays by Ina May on the current state of birthing in the United States. (Primarily it's about this country anyway, there is also a lot of data from other countries for comparison.) The latter chapters are sometimes hopeful, sometimes chilling, but mostly make me glad we're trying for a midwife-assisted home birth this time.

But this book is mostly famous in our house for two pictures of a face-presentation. Jefferson was looking over my shoulder one day as I was reading this book and liked all the pictures of babies. So I started flipping through it with him looking for the pictures. Most were standard mom and baby post-birth posed shots, but on page 58 there is a picture of a baby where only the face has emerged from the birth canal, and then another of the baby right after delivery, with its poor face all smooshed and swollen. I was a little worried about Jefferson's reaction, as I hadn't intended to give him quite such a graphic introduction to "where babies come from," but he loved the pictures, and for a while developed a nightly routine of wanting to see the baby pictures before bed. At one point he even indicated the face presentation and told me he wanted me to have that baby. I told him no matter how much I loved him and wanted him to be happy, I would never wish for a face presentation.

Anyway! I loved this book. Very authoritative and informational. Would recommend to anyone interested in a more natural version of childbirth. ( )
  greeniezona | Sep 20, 2014 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0553381156, Paperback)

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 Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:24:45 -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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