Description of the Book from Amazon
What you need to know to have the best birth experience for you. Drawing upon her thirty-plusyears 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 Natural 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 Natural 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.
This is definitely one of my favourite books that I've read so far. I enjoyed how the book started off with birth stories. I found it very comforting and reassuring to hear so many stories, so many different situations, but they were all able to deliver successfully and naturally. With epidural becoming the norm is was very nice to read stories about how natural birth really is and that we don't need to have so many interventions. The second part of the book was more technical and statistical. My favourite part was definitely the power of the mind-body connection. Some of the examples the author gave were fantastic. There were a lot of helpful examples such as ways to use your mind to help open your cervix. The last chapter in the book was a little worry some. I understand that the author is attempting to make sure the reader understands some of the risks, especially when having unnecessary but sometimes it's a bit too much. For example she pointed out that maternal death hasn't declined since 1982, in fact it may even be on the rise. For someone who is pregnant this can be very scary, even if the odds are still very low. If a women reads in this book that there is a higher rate of maternal death with inductions she might be very scared when she is faced with the fact that she needs to be induced for a condition such as pre-eclampsia. Overall I feel like this a must read for all woman and their partners. It is empowering and shows how natural childbirth is. I feel like it would help a lot of woman who are nervous about giving birth because society has turned it into something scary.