Gentle Birth Choices (Google eBook)

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Inner Traditions / Bear & Co, Aug 9, 2005 - Family & Relationships - 320 pages
41 Reviews
Birth as every woman would like it to be

• Recommended by Lamaze International as one of the top ten books for pregnant women and their families

• Includes a 45-minute DVD of six live gentle births

• More than 32,000 copies sold of the original edition

New parents are faced with a myriad of choices about pregnancy, labor, and birth. In Gentle Birth Choices Barbara Harper, renowned childbirth advocate, nurse, former midwife, and mother of three, helps to clarify these choices and shows how to plan a meaningful, family-centered birth experience. She dispels medical myths and reimagines birth without fear, pain, or violence. Harper explains the numerous gentle birth choices available, including giving birth in an independent birth center, at home, or in a hospital birthing room; finding a primary caregiver who shares your philosophy of birth; and deciding how to best use current technologies. She also provides practical advice for couples wishing to explore the option of using a doula or water during labor and birth to avoid the unwanted effects of drugs and epidurals.

The Gentle Birth Choices DVD blends interviews with midwives and physicians and six actual births that illustrate the options of water birth, home birth, and vaginal birth after a prior Cesarean section. The DVD clearly reveals the strength of women during childbirth and the healthy and happy outcome of women exercising gentle birth choices. It is a powerful instructional tool, not only for expectant parents, but also for midwives, hospitals, birth centers, and doctors.
  

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User Review  - Leah - Goodreads

*I don't know why you can't do half stars... I would prefer this to be 3 1/2* I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. As with any of the Natural Childbirth Movement Books, there were graphic pictures ... Read full review

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User Review  - Carolyn - Goodreads

A lot of redundant content for me (simply due to other books I've read), but really good just the same. Read full review

Contents

Introduction
1
Gentle Beginnings
4
The Medicalization of childbirth
31
Dispelling the Medical Myths
52
A Gentle Revolution
106
Midwifery In America A Growing Tradition
129
Waterbirth
149
The MindBody Connection
188
Sample Birth Plan
254
Sample Letter to Hospital
256
Resources
258
Notes
265
Biblography
275
About the Photographs and the Photographers
288
Index
290
Books of Related Interest
302

Creating Gentle Birth Choices
222
Questions to Ask a Doctor
244
Questions to Ask a Midwife
249
Back Cover
303
Copyright

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About the author (2005)

Barbara Harper's passion for natural birth led to the founding in 1988 of Global Maternal/Child Health Association, a nonprofit organization dedicated to education and research about natural childbirth. She lectures worldwide on maternity care reform and water birth.  She lives outside of Portland, Oregon.

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