Ina May's Guide to Childbirth

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Ina May's Guide to Childbirth

Ina May's Guide to Childbirth

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I learned a lot and would even recommend this book as long as it is not the only book a future mother reads.

No matter what your birth plan or outcome, I think this kind of book can only do good to help you extinguish fear and make your journey easier whether to a subtle or massive degree.Publication dates are subject to change (although this is an extremely uncommon occurrence overall). In the end (I had my baby two days ago), I think this hysteria about hospitals did ultimately help me. s are not critical thinkers (or at least haven't been taught this vital skill in medical school) and that they don't have time to read recent studies. In the case of Ina May, I'm a little embarrassed that the whole thing kind of makes my blood run cold. As for birth stories, listen to the podcast “the birth hour” because they birth stories are better AND you’ll learn most of what the rest of the book discusses without the clear bias against hospitals.

The hope was that Pelly's birth experience would be smooth, and having observed it, I'd feel better when my turn came around. The benefits of medical tests were skimmed over while the possible harm of these tests was thoroughly covered. The historical and worldwide accounts of birth Gaskin provides is comforting to read about as well as the explanation of the process.I read with particular interest her method for dealing with breech babies, which up until recently I had thought were something that required definite medical intervention. When reading you do get a clear idea of how experienced of a midwife Ina May is and you can respect her talent and expertise in her field. In fact in all the books I've read on natural childbirth it's uncommon for the author to not have reverence and respect for the role of modern medicine.

Even though Gaskin is clearly on one side of the childbirth debate, she didn't come off sounding like a crazy. 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. She has lectured all over the world at midwifery conferences and at medical schools, both to students and to faculty. In fact this book contributed greatly to my own embarking on pregnancy with such confidence in my body and mind.

She does not shun the medical advances of the real world, but she has witnessed hundreds of births over decades and her perspective is that women's bodies are capable of more than is sometimes believed of them. Her constant reminder that deliveries at her clinic rarely need medical intervention doesn't paint a full picture.

There was a of useful advice and if the whole book would have been like that, it would have easily been a five star book! 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. There was a story about abortion that while interesting, really didn't go into very much detail about the birth. This taught me so much and I feel empowered and positive about birthing my first baby naturally in 5 weeks! I felt like my body had betrayed me by failing at this most basic task of womanhood, which my female relatives have done countless times without issue.I believe that holistic health and modern medicine can complement each other and that both have their faults. If you're skeptical that you're going to be able to move a small person from one of your internal organs to the world via your vaginal opening, Ina May will clear all that up for you. How can something so painful, so medical, so dangerous be anything somebody could enjoy, especially without any drugs? It has helped me and countless other women to overcome standard western views of children, namely fear and of childbirth, and it also demonstrates that there simply is no 'one size fits all' in labour: all women labour differently, and all women can be aided by different methods to ease their labour experiences. And if one more person tells me how great the Moosewood Cookbook is, I will heave a bag of whole grain flour at her.

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