This book does a more-than-adequate job of telling you what you don't want when it comes to childbirth. Information is not the only aspect of preparation. It is now more accurate to say that many interventions are used routinely or frequently in spite of research that has clearly shown that the procedure is being used inappropriately in this country. Despite her bias, ho I read The Thinking Woman's Guide to a Better Birth by Henci Goer because his book seemed to be very well-regarded, and for good reason. You can, of course, also leave all or most decisions up to your caregiver.
I particularly liked the section on talking with medical professionals and identifying whether they are communicating and practising responsibly, and the point made about checking whether a hospital actually has the particular facilities which, in an emergency, present the only factual advantage to birthing there. And their partners, at least in theory. The Official Lamaze® Guide is a celebrated winner of an iParenting Media Award. Cover has no visible wear, and the dust jacket if applicable is included for hard covers. Hence the av This book seems great. Instead of giving birth to a virtuous creative genius she risks giving birth to a way ward child due to a sexaully dominated mind and consequent attention deficit disorder.
And, on the basis of these findings, she makes practical recommendations for better births. I appreciate that she acknowledges her biases and she is honest about them with the reader. The author admits to being biased in her interpretation of research, as she is an advocate of natural birth. But when it comes to one of the most important decisions of your life—how you will give birthit is hard to gather accurate, unbiased information. Like New: A book that looks new but has been read. Goer does a great job of laying out the findings of a whole lot of research in a way that's easily readable and accessible to someone without a medical background.
Despite being ten years old, it is incredibly relevant and important for anyone thinking about having a baby to read. This unique book will provide the tools and confidence to have the best possible birth experience. So research that, Henci Goer! When Doctors Break the Membranes: If It Aint Broke, Dont Break It The Amniotomy Procedure The Bottom Line Pros and Cons of Routine Amniotomy Pros and Cons of Amniotomy for Indication Avoiding Amniotomy Gleanings from the Medical Literature 7. It also explains why not intervening has the burden of proving itself rather than the other way around. I'm glad I read Pushed first because it warmed me up to the ideas of childbirth activists before this book.
It really is so ridiculous that with all the statistics and actual cases of obstetric failure, we are still lead to believe it is best to give birth in a hospital. Both women are involved with maternity care system reform and advancing maternal and infant health. In 2012, America's cesarean rate is closer to one in three women. A 1989 analysis in Great Britain revealed that women were 550 percent more likely to die of an elective cesarean section than a vaginal birth 9 versus 2 per 100,000. For me, as a scientist, it bothered me to not to be able to link a statement with a citation! Hence the average rating and my inability to recommend the book.
Her first book, Obstetric Myths Versus Research Realities, was a valued resource for childbirth professionals. In addition, almost half the book is her further explaining research results and statements on any given topic as well as an extensive bibliography at the back. I enjoyed that while she admitted a few times in the book that she obviously has her own opinion, the vast majority of the book is merely a retelling of the intensive research she has conducted. There's a ton of tremendously useful and educational stats in here. Bruce Lipton is a geneticist, epigeneticist, researcher, stem cell biologist and former professor. Although the book is a few years old, the information Henci gives is timeless! The path to having a baby is not This book was meticulously well-researched. Goer does a great job of laying out the findings of a whole lot of research in a way that's easily readable and accessible to someone without a medical background.
Overall an A+ for any woman who wants to be empowered and know what she's talking about in regards to birth. It never became annoying though in my opinion. They pride themselves with only having your best interest in mind. After many breakthrough discoveries about genetics ex. G51375 1999 Dewey Decimal 618.
Author is also very bad at intentionally misrepresenting statistics so they appear to be in her favor. Professional Labor Support: Mothering the Mother Do You Really Need Professional Labor support? But, maybe it is more comfortable for the general reader to read chapters uncluttered by citations and journal article titles, so maybe that is a strength of the book. Like a specel dog or sumthing. But to my information-hungry mind, it was exactly what I needed to calm my nerves. Another post coming up soon on some more specific thoughts! I would recommend this only to someone already interested in birthing alternatives and not to someone who is undecided or knows nothing about the issue.