The Thinking Woman's Guide to a Better Birth (Google eBook)

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Penguin, Aug 1, 1999 - Health & Fitness - 384 pages
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As an intelligent woman, you are probably used to learning as much as you can before making major decisions. But when it comes to one of the most important decisions of your life--how you will give birth—it is hard to gather accurate, unbiased information. Surprisingly, much of the research does not support common medical opinion and practice.

Birth activist Henci Goer gives clear, concise information based on the latest medical studies. The Thinking Woman's Guide to a Better Birth helps you compare and contrast your various options and shows you how to avoid unnecessary procedures, drugs, restrictions, and tests. The book covers:

CesareansBreech babiesInducing laborElectronic Fetal MonitoringRupturing MembranesCoping with slow laborPain medicationEpistiotomyVaginal birth after a CeasareanDoulasDeciding on a doctor or midwifeChoosing where to have your babyand much more . . .
  

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This is a very informative, research based book. - Goodreads
An excellent reference book and well written. - Goodreads
Very easy to read and very easy to look information up - Goodreads
Read the book's excellent intro here. - Goodreads
A comprehensive compilation of the best birth research. - Goodreads
A great eye opener and reference as well. - Goodreads

Review: The Thinking Woman's Guide to a Better Birth

User Review  - Mindy Bollinger - Goodreads

Loved this book. After having my 2nd csection I learned so much about how medication and laying during labor and other things effect your labor and the outcome of your labor. It has a great list of ... Read full review

Review: The Thinking Woman's Guide to a Better Birth

User Review  - Rebecca - Goodreads

This is the second or third time I've reread this book. It wasn't as earth-shattering for me this time, though still interesting. I like to refresh my memory of the topics this book discusses. It was ... Read full review

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About the author (1999)

Henci Goer is a certified Lamaze instructor and a doula (professional labor support). She is a founding member of the Coalition for Improving Maternity Services, a group made up of organizations and individuals involved with maternity care in the US and fighting for a mother-friendly childbirth environment. Her articles on pregnancy and childbirth have appeared in Readers Digest and Childbirth Instructor Magazine. For twenty years, Goer has been a Lamaze-certified childbirth educator and labor support professional (doula).

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