Your Best Birth

Your Best Birth

Know All your Options, Discover the Natural Choices, and Take Back the Birth Experience

Book - 2009
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Baker & Taylor
A guide that cites unsettling cesarean and infant-mortality rates in the U.S. offers advice on the benefits of planned, unmedicated childbirth under the guidance of midwives and doulas.

Hachette Book Group
The national C-section rate is at an all-time high of 31 percent. Are all these C-sections necessary, or are some of them done simply for the sake of convenience? Inductions seem to be the norm, but are they always needed? Today, expectant mothers are often left feeling powerless, as their instincts are replaced by drugs and routine medical procedures.

What you are about to discover is that you have a choice, and you have the power to plan the kind of birth that's right for you-whether it is at a birth center, a hospital, or at home. In YOUR BEST BIRTH, internationally known advocates of informed choice Ricki Lake and Abby Epstein inspire women to take back the birth experience, with essential advice on:
· Positive and negative effects of epidurals, Pitocin, and other drugs and interventions
· Inducing vs. allowing your labor to progress naturally
· The truth behind our country's staggering C-section rate
· Assembling your birth team and creating your birth plan.

With chapters such as "Obstetricians: Finding Dr. Right," "Epidurals: You Haven't Got Time for the Pain," and "Electronic Monitors: Reading between the Lines," Lake and Epstein will encourage you to consider whatever your doctor, mother, and best friend may suggest in a new light. The book also includes inspiring birth stories, including those from well-known personalities, such as Laila Ali and Cindy Crawford. Packed with crucial advice from childbirth professionals, and delivered in a down-to-earth, engaging voice, YOUR BEST BIRTH is sure to renew your confidence and put the control back where it belongs: with parents-to-be!

"Abby Epstein and Ricki Lake have taken a wonderful and constructive approach to ensuring an optimal birthing experience. Their language creates a 'climate of confidence' for pregnant women and their families, who must make key decisions about where, how and with whom to give birth in a health care system often unresponsive to our needs. This book is like a good friend giving wise counsel." --Judy Norsigian, co-editor of Our Bodies, Ourselves: Pregnancy and Birth and Executive Director, Our Bodies Ourselves

& Taylor

Citing unsettling cesarean and infant-mortality rates in the U.S., a guide by the celebrity producers of The Business of Being Born counsels prospective moms on the benefits of planned, unmedicated childbirth under the guidance of midwives and doulas.

Publisher: New York : Wellness Central, c2009
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780446538138
Characteristics: xxxii, 238 p. ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Epstein, Abby


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Dec 27, 2015

I am having a home birth within in a month. I found this book very helpful and encouraging in understanding my body's natural process and I am very excited and feel ready to go. This book was very insightful on where childbirth has been through the ages and where it is going. I also checked out the documentary on Netflix and it was also educational.

Trellia Nov 21, 2012

I didn't find this book "anti-hospital" as poatlee states. Instead, I found this book to be truthful about what it is really like to give birth in a hospital. Having birthed 2 children in hospitals on each coast of Canada I can attest to what happens and how for the most part the focus is not on the birthing mother but on the baby about to be born.....almost as if the birthing mother is not even in the room. Although this book provides only US based stats, the mark isn't very far for Canada. I highly suggest every pregnant woman, in fact every woman, read this book. Educating yourself is key in having the best birth for you and this book will help you achieve that.

poatlee Dec 04, 2011

I thought this book was too anti-hospital births. Though it tries to give a sense of bein unbiased, its not. So if you are the hospital birthing type (like I am!) would recommend that you not read this book, because it potrays a very negative images of hospitals and doctors.

Jun 25, 2010

Very real and balanced. Not fanatical on either extreme.

Sep 02, 2009

A valuable resource, especially for first-time parents. However, for after first-time parents who had a hospital birth, it may be a valuable read, also. I recommend reading this book to anyone who is about to become are already is pregnant.


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