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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Long story short (seriously, I just wrote my whole birth saga in 10 long paragraphs and deleted them because this is a BOOK REVIEW), my birth did not go according to plan either. Highly recommended, i have stopped attending labor classes in my village cause this book is far more updated and gives a view positive (and not scary or bloody) about having a baby. But here's the thing -- I wonder sometime how often our deference for what we're told is good for us gets in the way of what really makes us comfortable.

I come back to the issue of goodness of fit -- just like one looks for an OB who's a good fit, one looks for a birthing book that's a good fit. It is accepted by you that Daunt Books has no control over additional charges in relation to customs clearance. I didn't like him because my legs weren't shaved and I was cold and because he had two, pretty, tiny nurses (whose legs probably were shaved) stare at me the whole time (I'm sure for our mutual protection, but still), and because he said "now try to relax" which has to be the most useless, most insensitive thing to say, ever (implication: there's something wrong with you if under these oh-so-pleasant circumstances you can't relax), and I wanted to give him a hard kick, pull down my skirt, and go home. The second half of the book was really helpful with information on what to expect during childbirth, what your options are, and techniques to help you during childbirth. We are under enormous pressure to be the Right kind of parents, get our kids into the Right schools and the Right activities, use the Right methods of feeding, weaning, sleep training, discipline, et cetera.This very lengthy review might suggest that I didn't like this book or that I majorly disagreed with the author. 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.

It may not be for the squeamish, but if you're going to be popping a baby out of your body one day, it may help to not be too squeamish about these things. Hotjar sets this cookie to know whether a user is included in the data sampling defined by the site's pageview limit. I have read numerous pregnancy books that are based on natural birth or spiritual aspects to birthing, and this is one I highly recommend.Plus it is so interesting to me just to read about birth and pregnancy because it resonates with so much else of life.

My objection was to the romanticization of midwifery in the past which I think is absolutely bonkers. Ina May, while informative and practical, describes giving birth as something delightful, hilarious, and super-power-esque to look forward to.You can change your choices at any time by visiting Cookie preferences, as described in the Cookie notice. I appreciated the positive attitude toward the body and the amazing things it can do if you just let it. I attached one horror story from a hospital and a small part of a weird hippie story of a lady coming to a home birth to "experience contractions" with a woman who actually gives birth, both naked. Gaskin's philosophy is that any woman can have a natural birth in a home-like setting (or at home) with little, if any, medical intervention.

In this invaluable guide her deep experience and profound insights are updated for a new generation and a new set of technologies. There is a section towards the end which deals with maternal death and I have not managed to read this yet as it is obviously a very sensitive subject. Hospitals and doctors have come a loooong way in being more patient centered and accommodating women's wishes with childbirth. For a nerd as myself, I really enjoyed her insight and you cannot help to be incredibly impressed by the track record for Ina May as a midwife. The science cited here, along with hospital procedures generally, is pretty outdated, which works nicely for the book's preferred method of persuasion: scare tactics.Ina May’s Guide to 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.

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