Ina May's Guide to Childbirth

Ina May's Guide to Childbirth

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Random House, Inc.
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 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 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.

Baker & Taylor
One of the leading authorities on modern midwifery offers expectant mothers an alternative, explaining how to minimize the risks of epidurals, how to create a mutually supportive relationship among birth-care providers, medical procedures that can hinder labor, and why many cesarean sections are unnecessary. Original.

Publisher: New York : Bantam Books, 2003
ISBN: 9780553381153
0553381156
Characteristics: xv, 348 p. : ill. ; 23 cm

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kanbantus
Dec 17, 2013

VERY very very good book! Great for some terrified "epidural-only" mothers, provides a very nice and clear perspective of what women's body can do and explains it very nicely. Full of stories about positive experiences of child birth, and how natural it is if you prepare mentally for it, also explains what fear does and the purpose of pain. Highly recommended read!

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karajune
Jan 31, 2013

What a treasure of empowerment and much needed information on natural birth. I skipped the birth stories at the beginning of the book but revisted them as my due date grew closer.

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kellibaker
Jun 19, 2012

I started reading the birth stories during my first trimester and got so overwhelmed by it that I didn't even look at the book again until about a month before my son was born. It wasn't that the stories were bad, it was just that it was too much too soon.

When I went back to it, I skipped over them and went straight to what Ina May had to say about childbirth. I found it to be very reassuring and comforting as I prepared for my labor and delivery. It gave me some useful tools to use when things got serious (transition). I focused on relaxing and opening up, just like she talked about, and what do you know, it worked! I went from 4 to 10cm in one hour. I was able to do it the way I wanted and I wasn't at all freaked out about it because after reading this book, I knew it was all normal. That's not to say I had a painless childbirth experience, I just knew that we were both ok and we were totally prepared and capable. That made things a lot easier to deal with.

I definitely credit this book with putting me in a good frame of mind about labor and delivery and I'm glad I read it! I have since loaned it out to all my pregnant friends.

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freestone
May 30, 2012

Good Book. Lots of stories about birthing experiences...some not quite so realistic. Part II of the book was much more helpful in preparing you for what you can expect.

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CC2012
May 27, 2012

Recommended reading for women preparing for childbirth. I loved it, I felt informed and empowered going into childbirth. I had a great childbirth experience, can't say it was because of the book (Great support and LUCK!) - and it was long and hard, but also great, normal and amazing. However, I do think the book helped me mentally prepare. (and Doula - hire a Doula!)

kasp0066 Sep 07, 2011

Great book! I was terrified of having a baby and this book prepared me and empowered me to have a unmedicated, natural childbirth. Helps you realize that you have options doctors may not know about. Ina May - U.S.'s most well-known midwife - celebrates a woman's ability to do the unthinkable! Definite read for a woman contemplating or wanting a natural childbirth.

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katereads
Jan 03, 2011

Good book with some great stories about natural childbirth but not as straight forward as I had hoped. I was looking for more teaching and practical tips.

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